Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 Moves To 2009

The next Internet Explorer 8 beta will arrive during the first quarter of 2009, followed by the final release.

The information popped up a in a blog post penned by IE general manager Dean Hachamovitch. Apparently, Microsoft needs more time to analyze all the feedback gathered from every available source:

"Since the release of Beta 2, the team has been absorbed in the data we get from real people about the product.[...]over 20 million IE sessions and hundreds of hours of usability lab sessions.[...] we have scrutinized thousands of threads from user forums and examined the issues that people are raising (not to mention all the times users opt to “Report a Webpage Problem…”). We have also spent hundreds of hours listening and answering questions in meetings with partners and other important organizations.”

Back in July, Microsoft's Bill Veghte had promised that the final version of Internet Explorer 8 would be ready by the end of the year. It seems that Microsoft prefers to be as cautious as possible about this release.

And cautious they should be. The next Internet Explorer version will come packed with CSS 2.1 and HTML 5.0 support. The cherry on the top will be a tag that would enable the correct display of older sites, designed to work with previous IE versions.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Microsoft Silverlight Support in Linux

Microsoft and Linux involved in a cooperation that is called a historic. Microsoft's official support Silverlight run on Linux.

Support was born from the collaboration with Microsoft Novell. Both companies will adopt the Moonlight project is a project that was not authorized to bring Silverlight on Linux.

Moonlight originally developed by the members of the Project Mono code after the initial launch of Microsoft Silverlight in May 2007. Now, once adopted by Novell, Silverlight version 1.0 and 1.1 will also be appropriate in Linux. Even Novell promised Silverlight will be used on the main desktop Linux distribution, not only its Novell Linux.

On the other hand, Microsoft promised to provide access to testing tools, specifications, and video and audio codecs used in the development of Silverlight.

Previously, Microsoft only provides support for Silverlight on the Macintosh and Windows. It is limited to the browser Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Mono while Vice President Developer Platforms at Novell, mention this cooperation as something historic in terms of the Open Source project relationship with Microsoft. "They (Microsoft-red) have been collaborating in the areas of servers, for example in Xen and PHP, but this is the first time there is a contribution to the Open Source desktop," said Miguel.

According to Miguel benefit from Microsoft's reach users with Linux and BSD. "While we (the Open Source community-red) to ensure users benefit from the Open Source operating system also can open the site using Silverlight," he said.

Silverlight as a competitor called the Flash technology developed by Macromedia. Silverlight enables presence-based interactive applications. NET and also multimedia content through the web site

source : detikinet

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