At Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference the Redmond giant showed off an early build of Internet Explorer 9 complete with GPU acceleration. Not to be outclassed,
Mozilla has indicated they too are working on GPU acceleration
for the popular Firefox browser. After the Microsoft demo, Mozilla Director of Developer Relations, Chris Blizzard tweeted, “Interesting that we're doing Direct2D support in Firefox as well - I'll bet we'll ship it first. :)"
Later, Firefox developer Bas Schouten wrote about the addition of Direct2D to the browser. He said the browser wouldn’t look much different, but rendering should be much improved. Schouten provided benchmark data for Direct2D rendering compared to standard Windows Graphic Device Interface (GDI). While some sites showed little difference, several saw dramatic reduction in rendering times. Hopefully we’ll see this technology sooner rather than later. However, there are currently no ship dates for either product.