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Microsoft Removes Legacy Baggage From Internet Explorer 10

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Microsoft has come a long way in supporting standardized web technologies in favor of proprietary technologies in its web browser.

The company just announced another step and tells web developers to stop using VML and DX filters as IE10 will not support those components anymore.

DX filters are based on DirectX and were first included in IE back in 1996 with IE4. Microsoft said that the most popular "multimedia-style" effects that are made possible via DX can now be created using CSS3 and are covered by CSS3 working drafts and standard recommendations. This change mainly affects effects such as gradients, shadows as well as opacity.

SVG is officially replacing VML (vector markup language) in Microsoft's world as well. VML was proposed to become a web standard by Autodesk, Hewlett-Packard, Macromedia, Microsoft, and Visio back in 1998. Several more proposals targeting vector graphics on the web were submitted to the W3C in the same time frame, which resulted in the creation of SVG, which is not compatible with VML. Microsoft never discarded VML officially, but there has been no active development on VML since 1998.

IE9 still supports DX filters as well as VML, but it's certainly good news for developers to see Microsoft dropping legacy baggage and moving its browser closer to the standards line.

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    11796pcs , December 9, 2011 12:29 AM
    I like what Microsoft has been doing lately, they have realized that they won't survive on their Windows/Office monopoly forever and support for their products has been declining. In fact MSFT has been doing a lot of good. IE9 was a huge step, everyone loves Windows 7, the Zune brand has been dropped, and Windows 8 may become a serious contender in the tablet sector. Steps like these show that Microsoft employees haven't been snoozing on the job.
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    memadmax , December 8, 2011 11:37 PM
    Yea, but can it play....
    Nevermind....
    Anyways, will this lower the memory footprint?
    I doubt it...
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    nukemaster , December 8, 2011 11:41 PM
    One step towards an open web.
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    jamie_1318 , December 8, 2011 11:49 PM
    still doesn't stop web developers from being forced to support IE6/7 in short they would still be forced to support it for another 4-5 years.
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 8, 2011 11:59 PM
    where i work, ie6 and above are still the targeted browsers for all development.
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    11796pcs , December 9, 2011 12:29 AM
    I like what Microsoft has been doing lately, they have realized that they won't survive on their Windows/Office monopoly forever and support for their products has been declining. In fact MSFT has been doing a lot of good. IE9 was a huge step, everyone loves Windows 7, the Zune brand has been dropped, and Windows 8 may become a serious contender in the tablet sector. Steps like these show that Microsoft employees haven't been snoozing on the job.
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    SteelCity1981 , December 9, 2011 12:29 AM
    Sad MS has only moved IE 5 generations in 15 years and they wonder why they are far behind other browsers.
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    A Bad Day , December 9, 2011 12:45 AM
    jamie_1318still doesn't stop web developers from being forced to support IE6/7 in short they would still be forced to support it for another 4-5 years.


    "Why are the websites broken when I use the little blue E?"

    -Your typical ignorant web user
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    alextheblue , December 9, 2011 3:23 AM
    jamie_1318still doesn't stop web developers from being forced to support IE6/7 in short they would still be forced to support it for another 4-5 years.
    This isn't the fault of Microsoft, they have moved on and are actively pushing for companies to stop using ancient versions of IE.
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    firekraker , December 9, 2011 5:28 AM
    The Zune player has been dropped but the "Zune" software/service is still going strong. FYI. Windows Phone 7 has excellent Zune integration for example.
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    teodoreh , December 9, 2011 7:05 AM
    Next stop: ActiveX
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    JamesSneed , December 9, 2011 12:05 PM
    Zinngam, plugins already exist for WebGL. MS ins't holding back the web anymore because if/when they try people just go download Firefox or Chrome. Never count MS, Intel or IBM out as they simply have so much R&D funding that if they do slip they can play catchup faster than any other company.
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    zak_mckraken , December 9, 2011 12:23 PM
    11796pcsI like what Microsoft has been doing lately, they have realized that they won't survive on their Windows/Office monopoly forever and support for their products has been declining. In fact MSFT has been doing a lot of good. IE9 was a huge step, everyone loves Windows 7, the Zune brand has been dropped, and Windows 8 may become a serious contender in the tablet sector. Steps like these show that Microsoft employees haven't been snoozing on the job.

    I agree. If only they could penetrate the market with WP7. I'd really like to have a WP7 phone, I think it's a great OS, but I don't want to be alone with one. It could aslo help them fill the void in the music segment created by the drop of the Zune brand.
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    lysinger , December 9, 2011 12:50 PM
    I find it interesting that the rate of improvement of Microsoft Product has sped up dramatically since Bill Gates retired. MS used to improve their product slowly but surely. For example, it took them 20 years to get Windows from sucking to pretty darn good (XP) and now 10 years later they've made way more progress in half the time. Perhaps from the reaction of the public to Vista being a step back (64bit Vista doesn't suck IMHO, and the security and maintenance in Vista is way better than XP) and the huge Windows 7 Beta we got more improvement quickly, but it seems to me that they may be more customer focused and serious about product, especially with all these weird little gadgets (smartphones) that people are using nowadays that don't run Windows and the users will not be running Office either.
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    jaquith , December 9, 2011 1:14 PM
    ZingamWebGL and WebCL? Microsoft will still hold back the Web. Hopefully the users will become more aware of the alternatives and Microsoft will fall down into obscurity where they deserve to be.

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    jaquith , December 9, 2011 1:15 PM
    ZingamWebGL and WebCL? Microsoft will still hold back the Web. Hopefully the users will become more aware of the alternatives and Microsoft will fall down into obscurity where they deserve to be.

    Yeah Buddy! I agree, but I also prefer HTML 5 over Flash.
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    jaquith , December 9, 2011 1:18 PM
    I don't know what happened there, I got (2) quoted oopsies. I was trying to agree with @teodoreh regarding ActiveX which I cannot stand!
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    southernshark , December 9, 2011 1:43 PM
    Funny just a few months ago wall street morons were clamoring for Balmer to resign. Wal-Street hires the dumbest analyst in the world and then they get to go on tv on CNBC (a tv channel specifically designed for morons who want to get conned).
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    zachusaman , December 9, 2011 2:09 PM
    mayankleoboy1where i work, ie6 and above are still the targeted browsers for all development.

    This is because lazy companies wont update their stupid webtools. kmart for example is still using windows 2000 because of this.
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    cookoy , December 9, 2011 5:25 PM
    i keep an updated IE just for those annoying urls that won't load properly with my regular browsers FF, Opera and Chrome. otherwise i don't use IE at all.
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    figgus , December 9, 2011 6:27 PM
    SteelCity1981Sad MS has only moved IE 5 generations in 15 years and they wonder why they are far behind other browsers.


    Yeah, they should do like Chrome and Firefox and just ramp up the number to n+1 every couple weeks whether it is needed or not.
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