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Not trying to detract from Chrome here, but IE9 should have a similar ability:

http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2010/04/09/Benefits-of-GPU-...




Not trying to detract from IE9 here, but Opera already has a similar ability:

http://my.opera.com/core/blog/2009/02/04/vega

The interesting parts of the article are the implementation details about the sandbox.

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Opera's hardware acceleration is vaporware. It has not been included in any release of Opera, despite that article being over a year old now.

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It's not vaporware. It's been in Opera since 10.5. It isn't being used at all but it's still in the release.

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The thing about Opera is, it only has around 2.5% of the market. IE9 will probably have over 30% of the browser market within two years, which is a major factor when thinking about any web development, especially with HTML5 features like canvas.

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The reason it took longer for chrome is that they are trying to sandbox everything, including what goes through the GPU which according to the chrome devs is very difficult and painful. They could have gotten the whole thing to render on the GPU a long time ago if it wasn't for the sandboxing.

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Not to mention doing it on all 3 platforms as well as translating OpenGL to Direct3D on the fly using ANGLE.

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"took longer"? They are likely to beat IE9 to official release.

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Has. A preview is available for download now: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

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