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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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    Microsoft’s New Ad Target: Windows 7

    Seizing what is perhaps its most valuable advertising real estate, Microsoft said on Friday it has launched a pilot program to sell ads on the Windows desktop.

    Advertisers can buy the right to offer various themes that customize the desktop image and that promote various gadgets and even custom sounds for the Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft stressed, however, that users will choose which, if any, of the customizations they want to download.

    The Windows Personalization Gallery offers a desktop branding experience for users throughout the operation of their Windows 7-based PC, including backgrounds, slide shows, borders, and application audio elements.

    Microsoft’s pitch is that the program will allow consumers to connect with brands they particularly like.

    “The new Windows Theme Experience and Windows Personalization Gallery in Windows 7 allow consumers to customize their technology to reflect the things in life they are most passionate about,” Microsoft vice president Darren Huston said in a statement. “These are great examples of Microsoft innovation and technology coming together to enable top global brands to reach audiences in new and interesting ways.”

    Microsoft said that the advertising program is a test that will run through October of next year. Early partners include Porsche, Infiniti, and Ducati, and Microsoft itself is participating.

    “Microsoft is a key partner in our global advertising strategy; they constantly provide new ideas and opportunities which are tailored to our brand and exciting for our customers,” Infiniti marketing director Jon Brancheau said in a statement. “The Windows Personalization Gallery and Windows Theme Experience are unique offerings that will provide Infiniti with a new set of tools to integrate our brand elements into the lives of consumers everywhere.”

    Twentieth Century Fox, another early advertiser, will use the Windows desktop to promote its movies.

    “People connect emotionally with films and the stories they tell,” vice president Bettina Sherick said in a statement. “These are the same people who personalize their digital experience. We are thrilled to be able to bring our film properties to consumers and let them engage more deeply with the stories that move them.”

    Microsoft said that the themes are available globally from Microsoft’s Web site.

    “We pride ourselves on listening to our clients and developing the most innovative, accessible and relevant products based on their feedback,” said John Nicol, general manager, Last Mile Innovation, Microsoft Consumer & Online.

    Although new to Windows, sponsored themes have been common in other PC experiences, such as instant-messaging programs.

    So, Windows 7 users, what do you make of this?

    From CNET.com

    Hackers bypass Windows 7 activation

    Hackers have managed to find a way around one of the key antipiracy protections built into Windows 7.

    Ordinarily, the operating system requires users to activate their copy of Windows 7 within 30 days. However, a recently outlined method allows the normal notifications to be turned off.

    The software doesn’t actually get confirmed as legitimate, but users are able to keep using the product indefinitely.

    Microsoft confirmed on Friday it is aware of the technique, but said that it is working to shore up the activation procedure.

    “We’re aware of this workaround and are already working to address it,” a Microsoft representative said in a statement, which also urged customers to only use genuine software, noting the fake stuff can contain malware and other bad things.

    From CNET.com

    FAQ: Buying the Right Windows 7 Upgrade

    For those upgrading their PC, they can choose from Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate editions. There is also a family pack that includes three upgrade licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium.

    Many people will have to do what is known as a custom or “clean” installation, which involves backing up one’s data, installing Windows 7, then restoring the data and re-installing all applications.

    All users of XP will have to go this route, as will those moving from a 32-bit version of Vista to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 (or vice versa), as well as those who are moving from a higher-end version of Windows Vista to a lower-end version of Windows 7.

    Those moving from Windows Vista to the same version of Windows 7 (or to Ultimate) can do what is known as an “in-place” upgrade, which preserves files and applications.

    Anyway, on to the tough cases. Here are some of the questions that readers sent me, as well as the answers I heard back from Microsoft.

    Q: I installed the release candidate version of Windows 7 on a reformatted hard drive that previously had Windows Vista installed. Can I use the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade version to install a licensed copy?

    A: Yes. You can do a custom installation (“clean install”) to Windows 7 using the upgrade. The Windows 7 installer will detect you have the RC installed, enabling you to do this.

    Q: Try as I might, I haven’t been able to find any reliable information on whether I can upgrade from Vista Home Premium Edition (that came with my HP Laptop) straight to Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate, or whether it is only possible to upgrade from “Vista Home Premium” to “Windows 7 Home Premium.”

    A: You can do an in-place upgrade from Home Premium to Ultimate, provided you aren’t switching from 32-bit to 64-bit or vice versa. Going from Home Premium to professional, however, requires a custom installation. (For a chart of which versions can be done via in-place upgrades, check out this Microsoft Web page.)

    Q: I have Vista Basic on two computers and XP on the other one. So all I would have to do is use a Windows 7 upgrade disc on all three computers? Does one disc do one computer or will it do all three? I live in Canada, not the U.S.

    A: In both the U.S. and Canada, your best bet is probably the Windows 7 family pack, which offers a license to upgrade up to three PCs.

    Q: Can you use an upgrade disk to run XP (or Vista) in dual-boot (meaning that one partition or hard drive has the older operating system and the other partition or drive has Windows 7?

    A: Microsoft treats a dual-boot machine as if it were two PCs, so you can only use the upgrade if you are installing over an existing Windows partition. So, unless you have two licenses already on that system, you will need a full copy of Windows 7.

    Q: What about upgrading a Mac?

    A: In order to qualify to use the upgrade version, Mac owners need to be running a previously licensed full copy of Windows (not just a beta version). That applies whether one they are using Windows in Boot Camp or using a virtualization product like Parallels or VMWare’s Fusion.

    From CNET.com

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