Leak confirms WebGL, SPDY for IE11
On the eve of Microsoft Build 2013, leaked details on Windows 8.1's Internet Explorer 11 confirm that the browser will support next-gen Web technology, including Google's SPDY protocol.
If Internet Explorer 10 impressed you, you're going to love what we now expect from IE11 at Microsoft's Build conference on Wednesday.
Information leaked by a Microsoft Developer Network subscriber appears to confirm long-rumored details on what's going to be included in Internet Explorer 11.
The next major version of the browser, expected to arrive with Windows 8.1 later this year, will include support for many under-the-hood features that Firefox and Chrome already offer, and some that they don't.
According to Microsoft-News.com, IE11 will include WebGL support, a standard originally from Mozilla that makes hardware graphics support in the browser easier. This is a notable shift from Microsoft's original .
And in a, IE11 will support , according to the report. SPDY is a protocol for accelerating site-load times by changing how the browser handles requests to sites and site headers.
The leak also appears to confirm that you'll be able to boot Windows 8.1 to directly to the Desktop; that you'll get a toggle for the SmartScreen filter in IE11's download manager; and that thewill be available in IE11.
However, several claims in the report are wrong. IE10 already supports Flip Ahead, which precaches certain sites for faster navigation with pagination; restoring tabs from a previous session; and the "Add site to Apps" option appears to be a rebanding of the "Add site to Start screen" option in IE10.
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