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Microsoft to Hosters: Move Up The Value Chain

Microsoft’s push into online services has required a balancing act in its relationship with the hosting industry. On the one hand, Microsoft has far-reaching ambitions to deliver cloud services to consumers and businesses. At the same time, Microsoft sells nearly $1 billion a year in licenses and services to web hosting providers.

So is Microsoft a partner or rival for its hosting customers? In addressing the Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit on Tuesday, Microsoft’s Elliot Curtis emphasized that Microsoft doesn’t view itself as competing with its customers in the cloud computing realm – and, Curtis said, hosting providers shouldn’t either...

Intel Sandy Bridge many-core secret sauce

During the coming-out party for Intel's Sandy Bridge microarchitecture at Chipzilla's developer shindig in San Francisco this week, two magic words were repeatedly invoked in tech session after tech session: "modular" and "scalable". Key to those Holy Grails of architectural flexibility is the architecture's ring interconnect.

"We have a very modular architecture," said senior principal engineer Opher Kahn at one session. "This ring architecture is laid out in such a way that we can easily add and remove cores as necessary. The graphics can also have different versions."

Sinofsky on IE9, Windows Live, and more (Q&A)

Although he wasn't on stage for the launch of the Internet Explorer 9 beta yesterday, Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky was paying close attention to the product's release and to initial public reaction.

It's a sign of just how important the browser has become to the overall success of Windows. By any measure--and Microsoft does plenty of research--Web browsing is one of the main things that people do with their computers. Although Internet Explorer still is the most used browser, it has been ceding share in recent years to Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers...

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Now Available

Windows Internet Explorer 9 delivers web sites and applications that look and perform like native PC applications through the power of Windows.

  • Fast: Internet Explorer 9 is all-around fast. Designed to take full advantage of your PC’s hardware through Windows, Internet Explorer 9 delivers graphically rich and immersive experiences that are as fast and responsive as native applications installed on your PC.
  • Clean: Internet Explorer puts the focus on the Web sites you love with a clean look and increased viewing area that makes your Web sites shine. Intuitive and seamless integration with Windows 7 provides one-click access to Web applications pinned directly to your Taskbar.
  • Trusted: Internet Explorer is the trusted way to the Web because it has a robust set of built-in security, privacy and reliability technologies that keep you safer and your browsing experience uninterrupted.
  • Interoperable: Support for HTML5 and modern Web standards architected to take advantage of the GPU means that the same mark-up not only works across the Web, but runs faster and delivers a richer experience through Windows and Internet Explorer 9.

Internet Explorer 9 Beta released today–watch the live webcast

Scott Armstrong: In March of this year we released our first Internet Explorer Platform Preview as a way to give web developers and designers a look at our faster, more interoperable, fully hardware accelerated rendering engine for Internet Explorer 9. With each release of the Platform Preview, culminating in the 4th this August, we’ve been releasing demos to our Internet Explorer Test Drive site to showcase the type of web experiences developers and designers will be able to build on top of Internet Explorer 9.

Later today Internet Explorer 9 reaches the next important milestone – Beta. You can watch the live webcast of today’s keynote beginning at 10:30 am PDT: