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Internet Explorer 9 Beta HTML 5 Test Drive

Microsoft just released the beta version of Internet Explorer 9.  The intention is to keep up with it’s competitors, like Google with Chrome, Mozilla with Firefox and so on. All of them already have support for the HTML 5.

According to Microsoft’s IE page the major parts of the upgrade are still being developed.

    You can start testing it by downloading the Internet Platform Preview 5 or the Beta itself, if you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 only.

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    Mozilla pushes back Firefox 3.6, 4.0 deadlines

    Mozilla won’t make a 2009 deadline for releasing Firefox 3.6 and is giving itself more time to complete a major update, version 4.0.

    The organization behind the open-source Web browser had predicted a final release of Firefox 3.6 in December 2009, but the Mozilla Web site now includes “ship Firefox 3.6″ as a goal for the first quarter of 2010.

    In addition, Firefox 4.0, which had been due in 2010, now is “aimed at late 2010 or early 2011,” with a beta due in the summer of 2010, according to Mozilla.

    Schedule delays are common in the software world, but browser development is furious these days with the arrival of Google’s Chrome into the market, Apple helping to expand the frontiers of what the browser can do, Opera trying to dramatically speed up JavaScript execution and display performance, and Microsoft getting more ambitious again with Internet Explorer. “We’ve always been more quality-driven than time-driven, but we understand timing in the market matters to our users and our competitiveness,” said Mike Shaver, Mozilla’s vice president of engineering, in an October interview.

    There’s a lot on tap for Firefox, though. The big new feature in version 3.6 is incorporation of the Personas plug-in that lets people easily customize the browser’s appearance, though behind the scenes there’s also been work to speed up the browser’s launch time, improve security, and make some other changes. Mozilla has release five beta versions so far but not the release candidate that signals that work is nearly done; Mozilla programmers are “done with all blockers,” bugs or other problems that stand in the way of a release, according to Mozilla’s Web site.

    So what exactly is coming next for Firefox? Read More…

    Want to learn about Windows 7?

    Microsoft offers you a look at Windows 7 features

    What’s different about Windows 7 – and what makes it better? Who better to answer those questions than Microsoft?Over at the Windows 7 product page on Microsoft.com, you’ll find a great deal of information about the new operating system. In particular you may want to check out the Features and Videos pages, where you can see many of Windows 7’s new features in action.

    From DownloadSquad.com

    Rumor: Google Greasing Chrome OS for Launch

    Chrome, Google’s planned operating system, is just about ready to hit the market, according to reports. The OS, which shares a name with Google’s Web browser, was announced last July. It will be based on the Linux kernel and may become a significant rival to Windows 7 in the netbook computer space.

    Google will release its Chrome operating system for download within a week, according to a report in the blog TechCrunch, which sited an unnamed source.

    Launching the OS as soon as possible makes sense, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. “I would expect the Chrome OS will show up shortly because they need the ecosystem ready by the end of 2010,” he told TechNewsWorld.

    That ecosystem consists of products from Chrome OS project partners, including Lenovo, Acer, Asus, HP, Toshiba and Qualcomm.

    “It appears that Google’s getting ready to finally put some muscle behind its Chrome OS bluster,” Al Hilwa, program director of application development software at IDC, told TechNewsWorld. However, he reckons this is more hype than anything else.

    “I get the sense that Google’s trying to leverage the excitement around Windows 7 and get a bit of a ‘me too’ buzz,” Hilwa explained. “Leaking out that it will have some alpha bits for the Chrome OS in a week is really a weak response to Windows 7.”

    Google did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

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