Microsoft plans to launch the beta of the Internet Explorer browser on Sept. 15, according to a blog post on Thursday.
The software maker has scheduled an event in San Francisco to mark the arrival of the beta, billing the event (and the browser) as highlighting "the beauty of the Web." Microsoft also sent packages to reporters containing a variety of art supplies, such as crayons and fingerpaints, inside a box with an IE logo.
That Microsoft is holding a launch event reflects the resurgent importance of the browser and the degree to which Redmond is counting on … Read more
As noted by Neowin and other sites, there are open positions on the business and technical side.
"Interested in driving content acquisition for our first-party mobile games portfolio?" reads one listing. "Then, come join the Microsoft Game Studios (MGS) Business Development Team. Our mission is to source independent game developers and content licensors to develop next blockbuster first-party franchises for all our gaming platforms. Your goal will be to identify potential content partners and game concepts … Read more
Microsoft is getting close to releasing a beta version of Internet Explorer 9--the company's latest bid to regain lost ground in the browser market.
At last month's financial analyst meeting, Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner casually mentioned that the beta would be coming in September. Microsoft has already shown the revamped IE9 engine through a series of public preview releases, but next month's beta will be the first chance to see what IE9 has in store in terms of its look and feel.
However, the preview version focuses on showing off the new rendering engine and lacks even the most basic navigational features such as an address bar or back button.
Microsoft has been largely mum on what to expect as far as the design of IE9's interface, but in an interview with CNET on Wednesday, Ryan Gavin said that the goal is to get out of the way and let the content shine.
"The browser is the theater," Gavin said. "We're not the play." … Read more
Adrian Mercado credits Mr. Gates at Microsoft with turning around his life.
No, it's not Bill Gates--although Microsoft Office did play a starring role in Mercado's transformation from wayward youth to motivated future worker. Rather, it is Kevin Gates--a dreadlocked, African American Microsoft employee, who Mercado said really inspired him.
Mercado, 17, was one of more than 50 teenagers and young adults who competed this week in a global competition to determine the world's most proficient users of Excel and Word.
More than 115,000 people--mostly students--entered the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office, with the best of … Read more
In a move that will probably surprise few, Plastic Logic announced Tuesday that it's canceling plans for its pricey Que e-reader.
Plastic Logic had already delayed the Que several times after showing early versions of the product for years. Starting at $649, the Que was priced well above the iPad and many notebook computers, not to mention all other e-readers on the market. And that was before a recent spate of price cuts that has pushed the price of the Kindle, Nook, and many other devices below $200.
"We recognize the market has dramatically changed, and with the … Read more
This week the Web site unveiled DeviantArt Muro, a free, HTML5-based drawing program. The program contains a variety of tools and brushes and also supports pressure-sensitive tablets, such as those from Wacom.
A DeviantArt representative said that the idea for Muro had been kicking around for several years, while the actual creation of the tool was a months-long project.
Though not aiming to match Photoshop and other tools in breadth, … Read more
TRUCKEE, Calif.--Although the Internet is coming quickly to the car, more work is needed to create services that will be of use to drivers who need to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
So far, most of the work in the area of in-car technology has centered around connecting with cell phones and offering maps and entertainment, but many say this is just the beginning of a radical transformation of the passenger car.
"The Internet has been tuned to zero miles per hour," Ford senior technical leader K. Venkatesh Prasad told CNET … Read more
NEAR LAKE TAHOE, Calif.--Bill Gates says it's gratifying to see the computer industry that he helped start turn some of its attention to broader societal challenges.
"I think there's increased awareness of using innovation to help in more than just profit making," Gates told CNET in an interview on Friday, following his speech at the Techonomy conference. "When I think back to the conferences I went to earlier in the industry, we were pretty darn focused on popularizing software and personal computing. Nothing wrong with that, but it's nice to see the evolution.&… Read more