View Full Version : IE11 To Support WebGL

April 3rd, 2013, 17:33
The biggest problem with IE10 as far as modern web apps go is its lack of WebGL support. Now we have strong evidence that IE11 will support WebGL. A leaked build of Windows 'Blue,' aka Windows 8.1, also contained an early version of IE11. Web developer François Remy decided to see what it was hiding and found that there were WebGL APIs, but they were non-functional (http://fremycompany.com/BG/2013/Internet-Explorer-11-rsquo-s-leaked-build-395/). Rafael Rivera, who writes the Within Windows blog, dug a little deeper and discovered the registry keys that have to be changed to enable WebGL support (http://withinwindows.com/within-windows/2013/3/30/blues-clues-how-to-enable-webgl-in-internet-explorer-11). Apparently the API works so well that you can take existing WebGL programs (with OpenGL shaders) and just run them (http://www.i-programmer.info/news/86-browsers/5712-ie11-to-support-webgl.html). As the implementation also supports DirectX HLSL shaders, it seems reasonable to guess that the implementation maps OpenGL to DirectX, thus avoiding Microsoft having to endorse OpenGL use."