Happy Holidays from the IE Team!

December 19th, 2013

In the spirit of the season, we wanted to share some GPU-powered HTML5 and CSS3 holiday cheer. Check out Holiday Lites to brighten your screen and test your browser’s layout and rendering performance. This demo shows how IE11 updates content incrementally rather than needing to layout and render the entire page after every DOM manipulation. It uses a broad range of technologies including HTML5, CSS3, Border-Image, Flexbox, MP3 Audio, Power Efficient timers, and more.

Check out Holiday Lites to test your browser’s layout and rendering performance

Check out Holiday Lites to test your browser’s layout and rendering performance

Looking Back

As we reflect on the last year, it’s exciting to see how far the Web has come. It’s been a fun year for the IE team, as we shipped IE11 on both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 less than a year after shipping IE10. IE11 is 30% faster for real-world Web sites, and is packed with improvements including touch, security, networking, and editing. Not to mention the brand new F12 developer tools.

We’re excited about the work developers are doing. WebGL brings new possibilities like GlacierWorks to life, and a fresh take on classic experiences like Hover. Support for the latest media streaming standards enables smooth, glitch-free video that adjusts to current network conditions (try it out at Netflix). And of course, with the launch of modern.IE it’s now easier than ever to test Web sites across browser versions.

Thank you!

Your participation and feedback is an important part of how we build IE. Today we want to say thank you to everyone who browses the Web with Windows 8.1, is using IE11, runs the test drives, and shares your feedback with the IE team. We also want to thank the people and groups who make the standards process work, the broad community of Web developers, and enthusiastic consumers who work to move the Web forward.

From the entire IE team, we wish you a Happy Hardware-accelerated Holiday Season, and we look forward to another exciting year and more progress on the Web in 2014.

Jon Aneja Program Manager, Internet Explorer