WebGL support for Internet Explorer now possible

When looking at the following image, do you spot something unusual in there?


Correct: It's the Internet Explorer. And it is running a WebGL application, specifically one of the WebGL demos from the CopperLicht WebGL library. How is this possible? Didn't Microsoft recently tell us that they won't support WebGL and go with their own developed Silverlight instead?

Yes, they did. But now, there is IEWebGL. A plugin for Internet Explorer, which makes WebGL available also in that browser. For you as developer of the WebGL app, you don't have to change anything in your code. Basically only include some additional JavaScript file which will do most of the work for you.

IEWebGL is still in beta, but it is already usable. All CopperLicht demos and everything created with the WebGL editor CopperCube for example seem to work flawlessly. (Well, except for keyboard input currently which is a small missing feature in CopperLicht itself and should be fixed soon). If you are developing a WebGL application, simply add IEWebGL to your site and it should run on every browser then. This is a big game changer, in my opinion. Can't wait for IEWebGL to get out of beta.

nine comments, already:

OMG OMG OMG!!
jan - 29 06 11 - 06:56

Ohh yeaaah.. Finally!!
KK - 29 06 11 - 11:36

And it will work until IE 10, and then a thousand bugs will appear when using IEWebGL, and then the project will shut down.
Nostaw - 29 06 11 - 16:31

Says who? It’s a commercial project, so support will continue. They have money.
ishaw - 29 06 11 - 17:43

Awesome work. What about migrating this plugin into the IE9 core and solving MicroSoft’s whole WebGL problem?
Lindsay Kay () (link) - 30 06 11 - 23:45

>>Nodtaw said:
>>And it will work until IE 10…
>>and then the project will shut down

It already works fine with IE10 Platform preview 1 and Platform preview 2, and is expected to work fine with IE 10 RTM version too. We also have plans for ARM build when Win8 will arrive, so tablets with Win8 will have WebGL support too.

Even if Microsoft will deside to implement WebGL in IE11, there still be users with previous browser versions for years, so we don’t even think about going away.

The upcoming IEWebGL beta 2 will provide support for IE6, IE7 and fix some bugs on XP. Stay tuned :)
Ivan Modenov () (link) - 01 07 11 - 10:45

VERY COOL, but what about the speed, can’t imagine it got the same speed as native webgl, are there statistics yet comparing between native webgl and this plugin?
flexxcode - 08 07 11 - 18:04

http://iewebgl.com/ is unreachable.
maurizio de magnis () (link) - 04 08 11 - 12:22

No it’s not. It works.
erik - 05 08 11 - 07:30


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