Microsoft dropped a major announcement at the MIX conference today. They released the Internet Explorer 9 platform preview and along with that we learned that IE9 would be be GPU accelerator. This next version of Internet Explorer will be the first browser to be capable to handling this sort of GPGPU activity.
Nvidia, Microsoft’s partner in the endeavor (the one handling the GPU side of the release) explained IE9’s new features in a blog post:
At the moment it looks like ATI users are out of luck. We’ll see what happens down the road–it doesn’t seem prudent for Microsoft to leave ATI or other graphics providers out of a major browser release.
You can get the IE9 platform preview here. This isn’t a beta (it’s more of a developer preview), so don’t expect complete usability or user-friendliness just yet.
Original article posted on http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/ie9-to-be-gpu-accelerated-20100316/