Perhaps taking a page from Google and Mozilla, Microsoft surprised attendees at the Mix 11 conference Tuesday with the introduction of Internet Explorer 10 platform preview.
The release comes just four weeks after Microsoft unveiled IE9. Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch (left) said during a keynote at Mix 11 that IE10 builds on the performance breakthroughs and native HTML5 support developed for IE9, which will lead to the adoption of HTML5 with a long-term commitment to the standards process.
IE10 Platform Preview 1 is available for download now on Microsoft's Web site.
"We built IE9 from the ground up for HTML5 and for Windows to deliver the most native HTML5 experience and the best Web experience on Windows," Hachamovitch, corporate vice president for IE, wrote in a blog post. "IE10 continues on IE9's path, directly using what Windows provides and avoiding abstractions, layers, and libraries that slow down your site and your experience."
Yesterday, new browser RockMelt entered a limited Mac and Windows beta with hopes of capitalizing on your favorite social networks.
In the last few years, social network after social network has popped up and each has become more and more a part of daily Internet habits. According to RockMelt co-founder Tim Howes, that is why their goal is "reinventing the browser for how people use the Web today."
Do you get frustrated when your PC wakes up every morning and tells you about updates that appeared overnight? For those tired of downloading programs or new browsers, InstallPad is the answer. It takes care of the chore quicker so that you can get on with your surfing. The software can also find latest versions of your programs as well as service packs, tools and applications. Best of all, InstallPad is free after installation of Microsoft .NET framework 2.0.
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Opera Mobile 9.7 beta is now available for Windows Mobile-based phones. New to the version is faster downloading, compression technology to speed up data transfer and its upgraded Presto 2.2 browser that they say is up to 25% faster. With the add-on Widgets manager and Opera Widgets SDK, favorites can be added with a click, in addition to pre-installed Twitter, Google Translate and other widgets. You can download Mobile 9.7 on the Norway based site.
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Windows 7 is on its way. The RC is in the final stages of being released for program developers and IT pros on April 30, while the masses will have to wait until May 5. There is no word yet when it will come preloaded on PCs or available in shops but the estimate is July. Windows 7 should be easier to swallow than Vista with its new touchsceen functions and interaction with digital cameras and PMPs.
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Want to IM without leaving your site? Hab.la is a fun, free application that allows you to chat with visitors on your website. Messages show up in a minimized box embedded in the lower right corner of your browser and if you are signed in, it displays “click to chat.” Connect using GTalk, Jabber, Aim or other IM. Installation is simple and customizable. Head over to the site to get a more detailed overview of the app.
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It is possible that the next Firefox release, code named Shiretoko, may be a 3.5 instead of 3.1. It is also possible that Beta 3 will not be the last. New features include tab searching via its bar, some minor theme retouches, an “about me” page and the ability to clear more precise history. Firefox’s Mike Beltzner says that the version postponement has not been finalized so we shall see.
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Imagine a keyboard PC with a 5-inch touchscreen built in. That’s exactly what Asus did with their Eee, unveiled at the recent CES. The screen can be used for browsing while the keyboard itself can be used to stream audio and video when attached to a TV or other screen with built-in wireless HDMI. At a weight of under 1KG, it also features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom microprocessor, 1GB DDR2 DRam, Windows XP Home and either 16 or 32 GB storage. Look for the Asus Eee around September of this year.
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Last June, Dell began to charge customers $20.00 to $50.00 to downgrade to Windows XP. It was up to $100.00 by October. Now it seems that they are charging $150.00. At the same time, we recently read that Microsoft claims that 9 out of 10 Vista customers are satisfied. While we don’t believe everything we read, we keep wondering why Dell is punishing XP users and MS’s inhouse research, with figures that include licenses sold as part of a downgrade package, seems cheerfully optimistic. What do you guys think? Remember when Coke came up with a new version and nobody liked it? It just went away.
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Microsoft is planning a web-based version of their Office suite, which will include full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. As long as you have a Firefox, IE or Safari browser, you can access it from anywhere. The company has not given an official public release date, but you can probably expect it in late 2009. This should give iPhone and other handheld addicts another source of happiness since they have even more reason now to use them more than their computers.
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