Microsoft unveiled an early preview version of the upcoming Internet Explorer 10 web browser at the MIX11 conference.
The preview comes just weeks after the company dished out the Internet Explorer 9 web browser, which received 2.5 million downloads within the first 24 hours of its launch. The company is adding a lot of pressure on Google and Mozilla in the web browser market, with Microsoft promising to release a Platform Preview version every 12 weeks.
As with Internet Explorer 9, the IE10 web browser will not be compatible with Windows XP, but the newest Internet Explorer web browser won't run on Windows Vista either.
“Windows Vista customers have a great browsing experience with IE9, but in building IE10 we are focused on continuing to drive the kind of innovation that only happens when you take advantage of the ongoing improvements in modern operating systems and modern hardware,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement (http://www.geekwire.com/2011/internet-explorer-10-windows-vista (opens in new tab)).
The news that Microsoft will be excluding Windows Vista from IE10 came to light when the Platform Preview version failed to run on the operating system.
The new Microsoft web browser will come with CSS3 Multi-column Layout, Grid Layout, Gradients, Flexible Box Layout and ECMAScript5 Strict Mode functionality.