Microsoft Reveal Further Details On Internet Explorer 12

I’d forgive you for looking over this post the moment you saw the term ‘Internet Explorer’. For years now, it has lagged way behind competition and is by no means the popular browser it once was. Labelled as obnoxious by IT pros and terrible to use by anyone else – Microsoft are desperate to get back on track in the internet browser field and fight off competition from Google, Mozilla, Opera and Apple to name but a few.

Internet Explorer 11 was a step in the right direction after several failed releases by the Redmond software giant. Windows users (both desktop and mobile) are now anxiously anticipating the release of IE 12 to see what it has to offer.

Internet Explorer 12 Features

As the release date edges closer, Microsoft have revealed some of the new features to be included in Internet Explorer 12:

  • Open Sourced – thanks to many developers who expressed their interest in contributing to the project, Microsoft has decide to make the entire site and even the data that backs it, available on GitHub under the Apache V2 license.
  • Improved Search & Filter: thanks to the new upcoming “Interop” menu, it will be much easier to enter in your browser support interests to find available features
  • Deep Linking – thjs concerns developers and lets them enable a deep link to a feature you want to share with others thanks to HTML5 History and Angular routing
  • Better Mobile Support & Performance – mobile is the hottest word right now and it comes as no surprise for Microsoft to improve this aspect. Around 20% of IE visitors have come from mobile devices and that number is going to increase even more with the rise of smartphones and tablets. Microsoft will further optimized it to make it faster and easily adaptable to all kinds of screens.
  • Media Capture API – this features enables for the web content to manipulate audio and video streams from microphones and webcams. Cortana on Windows 8 desktop, anyone?
  • HTTP/2 – this is a major revision of the Web’s protocol and is aimed at decreasing the wait time spent loading web pages. And this is probably the most expected feature of them all for many of us. The major revampe is based on Google’s SPDY open networking protocol and is currently being standardized by the IETF.
  • HTML 5 improvements – Microsoft also said that it will also focus on improving security and backwards capability and interoperability thanks to the latest HTML5 features.
  • Web Audio – this is a technical specification that describes a high-level JavaScript API for processing and synthesizing audio in web applications. So, does this mean browser-based games with awesome audio are incoming? Let’s hope so.
  • HTTP Strict Transport Security – this is an upcoming security feature that helps prevent “man-in-the-middle attacks” on secure connections. In simpler words, this prevents against certain hacker attacks and is a feature which Chrome and Firefox browsers have long supported.
  • JavaScript Promises – this is a feature for developers get a standardized way to make asynchronous calls in their code

There are a few other smaller changes packed into the new release too, however these will excite developers more than anyone else.

It seems Microsoft have began to seriously address the issues of previous generations of their internet browsing application. Let’s hope they can bring a positive contribution to the table and make other browsers fight for relevancy.

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