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Microsoft mulls using accelerated 3D graphics standard for next Internet Explorer

Published Mar 29th, 2013 8:50PM EDT
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

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It looks like Microsoft (MSFT) is considering following Google (GOOG) and Mozilla in supporting the WebGL standard for accelerated 3D graphics for the next version of its web browser. CNET has found that the leaked build of Windows Blue features an early build of Internet Explorer 11 that contains “some infrastructure in place to support WebGL” but that also “lacks actual support at this stage.” CNET also notes that supporting WebGL would represent an about-face for Microsoft, which had previously criticized the standard over alleged security risks. WebGL is one of the standards that Mozilla is using in its efforts to port Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 onto its Firefox browser.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.