Future of the web and HTML 5

With push from Apple and Google, finally HTML 5 appears to be the future of  web. Even Microsoft which has tried very hard to push its Silverlight, has given in by implementing HTML 5 support with IE9. With Windows 8 expected to bring  HTML5 apps to mainstream consumers,  HTML 5 adaptation cant get better boost.

But days of HTML 5 only sites are still years away, last week I was playing with some of the popular tags and could immediately notice remarkable difference between Google Chrome and Firefox in their support and implementation. And IE9 is  not ready for adoption in enterprise. Over next few years there will be arguments and  counter arguments regarding what is best for future of HTML 5, unlike the past where Microsoft used to set the rules in HTML game and rest followed, we have other players already in the game and Microsoft would be expected to follow Standards.

With the advent of HTML5 the biggest benefit will  be for low power devices, on the other hand Adobe Flash and  Microsoft’s Silverlight will be the biggest casualties. And with advent of HTML apps, Microsoft’s dominance in OS realm will be seriously threated by likes of Google and Apple, overall exciting phase awaits every computer user.

Microsoft to launch IE 9 in September 2010

Microsoft is preparing for its next big launch party, the next generation of its famous Web Browser Internet Explorer, Since the launch of IE 7 Microsoft has steadily rised in the Browser Games, with IE 8  MS started following the open standards in rendering moving away from its own implemenation.

With IE 9 Microsoft tries to beat Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome in terms of performance and native hardware rendered support for HTML 5. MS boasts of considerable performance improvement in Javascript implementation (Sunspider tests) , ACID tests (95%), CSS3 and HTML 5 rendering.

Microsoft has been target of  security critics prior to IE 7, but the criticisms have reduced and general stability and image of IE platform has generally been positive in the last few years.

Considering that IE is the only browser with a 64 bit version and Most of the new windows purchases are in 64 bit version, IE 9 can be expected to create considerable buzz.

You can test drive IE 9  here – http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/