Microsoft's next version of Internet Explorer might just support WebGL, a standard for accelerated 3D graphics on the Web that the company previously has attacked as a security risk.
A leaked version of the next version of Windows, code-named Blue, came with a version of IE11, and developer's scrutiny of the browser shows evidence of WebGL.
"It seems like WebGL interfaces are defined but not functional at this time," said Web developer and author Francois Remy in a blog post this week. That means that the IE11 build has some infrastructure in place to support WebGL, but lacks actual support at this stage.
Microsoft won't confirm anything at this stage. "We don't comment on rumors or speculation," the company said in a statement.
And it's not inconceivable that Microsoft might have a change of heart: Paul Cotton, head of Microsoft's Web standards work, said last year that WebGL support consistently is a top IE feature request.
"It would be great to have interoperable 3D graphics on the Web. If we can solve the security problems, I think we'd seriously look at some way of producing 3D graphics for the Web," he said at the time. "If we were ever going to implement WebGL, we think finding a solution to those problems is not optional but actually mandatory."
Via Brandon Jones