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Microsoft Internet Explorer versus the 3D Web

Posted on: Jul, 15th 2012
Microsoft vs WebGL
Internet Explorer, that sadly is the most popular web browser is also the worst in the fulfilment of standards and the one that delay more in implementing them. Taking advantage of their dominant situation Microsoft, decided that the new versions will not going to be compatible with the new open standard for the 3D Web (WebGL) to try favour the implantation of their proprietary technology (Silverlight), but that decision could be a bad idea.

The open standard WebGL is an implementation for the web of another open standard, OpenGL, which rivals in desktop applications with the DirectX of Microsoft. This enterprise sustain a false and hypocrite attitude about WebGL, saying that they don't support the standard because they don't can implement in a secure way a technology that has direct access to the hardware of the graphic card, because it can read private information from the memory of the card or do denial of service attacks, while that the plugins Silverlight and Flash player do exactly the same, without that the browsers have problems loading these plugins in a secure way.

In the development and support to WebGL, are taking part all the important enterprises of the world of browsers except Microsoft, I mean Mozilla, Google, Opera, Apple and a lot of more. All of them are part of the WebGL Working Group.

Google already have some interesting applications developed, as see 3D graph in the searcher (example), Google Maps in 3D and Google Body for search parts of the body and see it in 3D. Also there are numerous examples of the possibilities that provides WebGL, for instance image processing, video edition, interactive animations synchronized with music, video games and a lot of applications that can be enjoyed without the need of install plugins thanks to WebGL and that you can see in the Microsoft's browser, only if the code of the application add the use of the plugin IEWebGL or the plugin Chrome Frame and also you have it installed.

Is clear that the strategy of Microsoft could be a bad idea, if WebGL begins to be used in a massive way, something that probably occurs, their browser will be the only one that will ask you install a plugin from the competence to see those pages, also will be cases where the unique alternative will be don't use IE, so a lot of people will opt for download another browser.

Internet Explorer don't have the 90% of the market as it had before the apparition of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, now only arrives to the 54% and if it follow by this way, could be that we have luck and in the future arrives to the 1% and then will not be necessary to worry about if it implements or not a determinate technology, or about the pages that look good in all browsers less in IE.

By his part, Adobe has recognized that the future is in the open standards and is not going to follow developing Flash player to mobile devices. ¿Will arrive Microsoft to do the same on time with WebGL?

Update: Microsoft has reconsidered it and will include WebGL in Internet Explorer 11 that will come with Windows 8.1

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