At MIX 10 Microsoft released a Platform Preview version of Internet Explorer’s latest version. The browser shows a lot of promise with a high ACID3 score compared to previous versions and that shown at PDC09, support for CSS 3, HTML 5 and Hardware Acceleration. The FAQ page of the the IE9 Platform Preview has the following:
Q. Does Platform Preview run on Windows XP?
A. No. Internet Explorer 9’s GPU-powered graphics take advantage of new technologies available in Windows 7 and back-ported only to Windows Vista. These technologies depend on advancements in the display driver model introduced first in Windows Vista.
According to an interview on in a QnA with the press Dean Hachamovitch confirmed that Internet Explorer Platform Preview only supports Vista SP2 and above, which is effectively Vista SP2 and Windows 7 RTM. The final versions of Internet Explorer 9 will not be supporting anything below Vista SP2 as well. The reason as stated is the GPU powered hardware acceleration that IE9 uses for a rich graphics experience.
IE9 also supports HTML5 and CSS3, however, it falls way to shot in Acid3 tests scoring only 55/100 which is worse than most of the other browsers. IE9 supports GPU or hardware accelerated HTML5, which means that graphics and HTML5 videos will play much better on IE9 because it will utilize the graphics card for better performance.
The IE blog has a much more detailed post on the new features in IE9. If you are interested, you can download a preview version of IE9 from here.
Microsoft kicked of MIX10 with Joe Belfiore talking about Windows Phone 7 Series and giving a quick run through of the phone. Today’s keynote was all about applications for the Windows Phone 7 Series and how to develop them. Microsoft demonstrated a few applications showcasing what the developers can do and announced tools that the developers would require to code the same. Microsoft has pulled off a genius move by allowing developers to use their existing knowledge about common technologies like .net and popular technologies like XNA and Silverlight to code applications for Windows Phone 7 Series devices, which I’ve written about in a previous post. Microsoft had recently showed how you can start a game on the desktop continue it on your phone and then finish it on the Xbox 360, the demo went to show that a lot of code for the game on the different platforms overlapped.
Today, Microsoft has released all necessary tools to begin development for Windows Phone 7 Series applications and the cool part is, all the tools are free. The package includes:
CTP of Visual Studio 2010 Express
Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator
XNA Game Studio
It’s a 290 MB download through a 3.2 MB installer – Download
Microsoft showcased some 3rd party developer apps as well that included:
Seesmic and Foursquare:
Trust me, this is the best Foursquare client you’ve seen yet. The iPhone app doesn’t even compare.
Associated Press client:
Subtle backgrounds for the type of news you’re reading.
3D Game Harvest:
Other applications showed included a Comic Book reader app and the Netflix app amongst others. In one of the sessions after the keynote, Microsoft showed a LG and Samsung Windows Phone 7 Series device to the attendees. The basic specs (via Neowin) for a Windows Phone 7 Series device are:
3 hardware buttons – Start, Search, and Back
Capacitive touch screen with 4 or more contact points
Only two possible screen resolutions – 800×480 and 480×320
A-GPS, Accelerometer, Compass, Light, Proximity
5 MP camera with flash and dedicated camera button
Codec acceleration for multimedia
256MB RAM with 8GB flash for storage
DirectX 9 accelerated GPU
ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion CPU
Video showing the LG and Samsung Windows Phone 7 Series devices:
According to information on twitter:
A developer will get 70% of the cost of the app.
The applications will have to be passed by Microsoft.
In a blog post on the team blog, Microsoft has put up details about the Windows Phone marketplace. The blog post loosely defines Microsoft’s guidelines for developers who want their applications to be featured in the marketplace:
MIX10 is a 3 day conference for web designers and developers who build innovative websites and will be held between March 15th and March 17th in Las Vegas. The event is built up of keynotes and sessions for web enthusiasts.
Mix10 will start out in the next few hours, and you can watch MIX10 Online live thanks to the feeds provided by VistiMix. However, if you are curious about the lineup of keynotes and sessions, you can check out the complete schedule for MIX10 at VistiMix too.
There are 2 big keynotes on March 15th and March 16th at 9AM, this will span for 2 hours and will most likely introduce IE9 and other web development and designing tools from Microsoft.
The rest of the MIX10 schedule is made up of sessions, socializing and question answer sessions. The MIX10 conference will end on Wednesday, March 17th at 4PM.
MIX 2010 will go live in the next few hours, here is how you can watch MIX10 or MIX 2010 Online and enjoy all the keynotes from Microsoft.
MIX10 is a 3 day conference for web designers and developers who build innovative websites and will be held between March 15th and March 17th. The event is built up of keynotes and sessions for web enthusiasts.
However, the biggest keynote of the event is from Microsoft, who will most likely unveil Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) this year. IE9 is definitely big for Microsoft, even with Internet Explorer having the largest browser market share.
IE has been steadily losing the browser market share to more innovative browsers, including Firefox, Google Chrome and more recently Opera. So if Microsoft does not deliver with IE9, we can definitely assume that they will see a big downslide in the browser market share.
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of IE9, considering that IE8 left a lot to the imagination. Cut back to the topic, if you are as eager as me to catch up on MIX10, you can watch the live coverage of the entire conference online.
The Keynotes will be streamed live at VistiMix online, you watch watch it on Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th at 9AM PDT. Don’t miss this one if you are a designer or a web developer. Streaming Link: http://live.visitmix.com/