Google Chrome Frame, Google's plug-in for bringing HTML5 and the latest web apps to IE 6, 7, and 8, has reached stable status and left beta. Chrome Frame lets developers of modern sites and web apps support legacy browsers, with the plugin handling the HTML5 rendering when a user's old browser -- ok, old version of IE -- can't get the job done.
Chrome Frame is an alternative to more complex hacks that tend to slow sites down, but the beta tag probably scared some developers away. Well, now Chrome Frame is stable, so load times and crashes are way down. Some fairly big-name sites like DeviantART, HootSuite and github have already jumped on the Chrome Frame bandwagon, and I'm sure more will follow their lead.
If you're already using the Chrome Frame beta, you'll be automatically updated to the stable version, and future updates will happen on the same update schedule as Chrome itself. If you're just getting started with Chrome Frame, you can check out Google's handy intro video after the jump.
As Google Chrome 7 (dev) now includes hardware acceleration, guys from DownloadSquad decided to test it along with Internet Explorer 9 (developers preview) and Firefox 4 (beta).
What are the results?
Google Chrome 7 utilized the most of the hardware resources, delivering better FPS (frames per second) than Internet Explorer 9 or Firefox 4, which took the last place.
However, as those are not the final builds, don’t draw your conclusions yet, things might change in the future.
Thanks to geek for the news tip.
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Final Internet Explorer 9 preview released -- tons of fixes, speed-ups, and only 8 weeks until the beta
In rather pointless benchmark, DownloadSquad has tested latest Internet Explorer 9 build against Google Chrome 6 dev.
I think the video speaks for itself!
If you can't watch the video: IE9 is some orders of magnitude faster than HTML5 when it comes to hardware-accelerated canvas rendering.
I also tested FishIE with Opera and Firefox -- and believe it or not, Opera's a lot faster than both Chrome and Firefox!
Before you ask: no, the third developer preview of Internet Explorer 9 doesn't have any window chrome yet. It's still the same skeleton you've seen in the two previous releases.
That said, it's clear that Microsoft is serious about delivering a competitive browser. IE9 preview 3 has turned in better SunSpider and Acid3 results, and its hardware acceleration features really shine. The new release also features HTML5 audio and video support, as well as hardware acceleration for the canvas element. Support for Web fonts is now baked in as well.
Running the fledgling browser side-by-side with Google Chrome 6 I noticed very little difference on sites like Gmail, Facebook, and Google Reader... And good luck getting another browser to run Microsoft's standards-based demos as well as they run in IE9. They're pretty brutal without hardware acceleration (with the exception of Opera 10.60, which actually seems to perform better than Chrome and Firefox -- Sebastian has a video on the way). The SunSpider result has improved again, too, and is now roughly half what the first preview posted -- an impressive gain.
For full details about the new release, check out the official blog post from Microsoft.
Chinese site LiveSino has posted possible Internet Explorer 9 screenshots, enjoy.
Fake or not, interface looks very similar to Microsoft Zune and Windows Phone 7 series: simple, yet intuitive.
Maxthon team has released a technical preview of Maxthon 3.0 web browser, which now includes a GPU rendering support for smoother text on Web pages.
Here’s an example:
“The current implementation of GPU rendering is merely an initial step. The final version will be more powerful and will support more features”, Jeff Chen, CEO of Maxthon said.
As of today, Firefox 3.7 and Maxthon 3.0 are the only browsers to include GPU accelerator support, with Internet Explorer 9 soon to follow.