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Firefox 3.7 gets Direct2D support

Firefox 3.7 gets Direct2D support

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Firefox, the geeks favourite browser is due to get a speed boost with the release of 3.7 in the shape of Direct2D support. This news is sure to be a kick in the teeth for Microsoft who recently announced that Internet Explorer will be getting acceleration technology as a way to boost flagging adoption rates within the more educated userbase.

Firefox Programmer Bas Schouten said on his blog that his fellow team members at Mozilla “are now able to present a Firefox browser completely rendered using Direct2D”. Direct2D could be a massive step for browser technology as it offloads a huge portion of the rendering time to a compatible graphics card. This move to farm more processor intensive tasks to a GFX is becoming increasingly commonplace as technology develops.

Early tests show that sites such as Facebook and Twitter rendered in less than half the time with the Direct2D enabled build of Firefox 3.7. Schouten also said that Direct2D offers “extremely smooth graphical experiences for web-content like SVG or transformed CSS” as well as increased frame rates when resizing images via GDI.

If you want to try the Direct2D-enabled Firefox 3.7 Alpha build and are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 with a DirectX10 compatible video card with WDDM 1.0 driver then head over here and snag a copy. Obviously as this is an alpha build there will be bugs, so we wouldn’t recommend using it long term as a primary browser.

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