Well, it seems that Microsoft sure is not about to take its time with its browser development schedule, especially if this latest piece of news is of any indication. In just less than 80 days, the Redmond giant has pushed out yet another Platform Preview for its upcoming Internet Explorer 10 web browser for developers to test and experiment with. And based on what we have seen, it appears that one thing is clear: Microsoft is deeply committed to enhancing a user's online experience with its web browser.

If you would remember, we heaped praise on Microsoft in a story written two months ago when news broke out that the Redmond giant had already commenced work on the next version of its Internet Explorer web browser, and had even released a working Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 10 for developers to get their hands wet, in spite of the fact that Internet Explorer 9 was barely even a month old at that time. Even though the Platform Preview had little to show in terms of new features, it was definitely a good sign for users, as it means that Microsoft is definitely taking steps to ensure that Internet Explorer remains as up-to-date as possible with the latest web standards.

Fast forward to the present, and it seems that Microsoft is not about let up development on Internet Explorer 10 any time soon, for a quick visit to the Internet Explorer Test Drive Home Page reveals that the second Platform Preview for its upcoming web browser has already been made available for download. Yep, all this in less than 80 days after the first Platform Preview was launched. Way to go, Microsoft.

However, unlike the first Platform Preview which had extremely little to show off to developers, Platform Preview 2 is actually loaded with a ton (figuratively speaking) of new features which are bound to be of great interest to web developers, especially if they have already committed themselves to the new HTML5 standard. According to a blog post made by Dean Hachamovitch, who serves as the corporate vice president in charge of the Internet Explorer team, these new features come in the form of support for a wide variety of web technologies, such as Positioned Floats, HTML5 drag-drop and the HTML5 File Reader API, among many others. Most importantly, though, has got to be the fact that HTML5 forms are now supported as well, although web developers were quick to note that Microsoft's decision to not include support for the text-shadow attribute was a major disappointment.


A demonstration of Positioned Floats support in IE10 Platform Preview 2…


…and HTML5 forms.

 In addition to the various new features, Microsoft claims that the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2 application also boasts enhancements in a variety of areas such as web application performance and security.


Interested? Well, the usual disclaimer about pre-release software definitely applies, even if the application comes direct from a company that is as established and reputable as Microsoft. Considering that Platform Previews were never meant to be serve as full-fledged web browsers, it goes without saying that this particular release, like the one before it, should not be used as one. However, if you just want to have some fun in playing around with the various new features mentioned above, the second Platform Preview for Internet Explorer 10 can be downloaded off the Internet Explorer Test Drive home page here.

Source: Internet Explorer Test Drive