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  • Blog Post: A Modern Browser

    This morning, Mozilla shared their feelings on IE9 with a post that claims to answer the question, “Is IE9 a modern browser?” While they grudgingly concede that IE9 is “a step in the right direction”, they seem to be operating under a very narrow definition of what “modern” means, that I don’t think...
  • Blog Post: PDC10: Introducing HTML5 Vector Graphics

    The HTML5 family of specifications provide two different models for vector graphics : canvas and SVG . Why have both? What is the difference between them, and how do you use them? It’s important to start by understanding the difference between retained mode and an immediate mode graphics models: In a...
  • Blog Post: PDC10: Unlocking the JavaScript Opportunity with IE9

    Websites are exploding in the quantity of interactivity they contain: over the last few years, they have become fully-fledged applications with functionality and complexity at a level that was previously limited to desktop applications. Scripting Engine Design Challenges Prior to IE9, the JavaScript...
  • Blog Post: PDC10: Inside Internet Explorer Performance

    Browser performance is a multi-dimensional topic: there are eleven different subsystems that taken together can affect the overall performance of a browser: Different browsers may organize their internal implementation differently, but all these elements are important in their impact of the overall performance...
  • Blog Post: Demo Failure: The Answer to the Puzzle

    Yesterday I shared the story of the Steve Ballmer keynote demo that was breaking and the urgent call I got to help figure it out. I left you hanging as to the solution; a few of you posted interesting ideas of what might have gone wrong. But Richard Cooper was the first to figure it out – congratulations...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 2 Keynote Pt 1: Dean Hachamovitch on Internet Explorer 8

    Dean Hachamovitch is the General Manager for the Internet Explorer team. Amazingly, he managed to blog about IE8 at the same time as he was delivering his keynote – he must have been typing with his feet :-) Dean started with a humorous video on the “history of the web”. Last year at MIX, we made eight...
  • Blog Post: Eight Reasons to Fall in Love with Internet Explorer 8

    As announced at the MIX09 conference today, we just shipped the final version of Internet Explorer 8 . If you haven’t yet given it a try, here are eight reasons that might persuade you to check it out: You want a web that moves as fast as you do: Highlight an address, click the blue "Accelerator"...
  • Blog Post: About to Start Live Blogging the Day 2 MIX09 Keynotes

    At 9am Pacific (GMT-7), I’ll start live blogging the second day of MIX09 keynotes. As with yesterday, I’ll post the live version at this location on the visitmix site , and then within a couple of hours of the end, I’ll post a better edited, linked version here. If you missed out on yesterday’s keynote...
  • Blog Post: Why You Want To Book Your PDC2008 Ticket NOW...

    If you're into any of the technologies that this blog covers, you'll be mad if you miss the Professional Developers Conference this year. It's actually been three years since our last PDC, so we're overdue! I'm really excited about all the things we're going to be covering at the PDC this year: those...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 Day 2 Keynote Live Blog

    I'm going to be "live blogging" the Steve Ballmer keynote this afternoon at this URL. Keep this blog post bookmarked and start hitting "refresh" shortly after the keynote starts at 1pm Pacific / 9pm GMT. Or simply tune in to the webcast ( 750kbps , 300kbps , 100kbps ) and watch it...
  • Blog Post: Download Links for MIX08 Announcements

    Here's a consolidated list of all the key downloads you'll need to update your developer workstation to the latest and greatest technologies announced this morning: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x86) Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x64) Windows XP (x86) Windows...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 Keynote Live Blog

    I'm going to try to keep up a live blog this morning through the keynote to provide folk with an Engadget-style blow-by-blow account of proceedings. Keep hitting refresh on this entry to see the latest news as it comes. 9:30am - Ray Ozzie is on stage promptly. In a few minutes, we'll show you IE8 and...
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