Microsoft previews Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series

Microsoft Update: With Microsoft having so much problems with older versions of Internet Explorer, we can only hope that Internet Explorer 9 will be much more hack-free. Internet Explorer 9 is said to have many improvements. Another so-called great improvement is the compatibility with older web pages and performance. We'll just have to wait and see.

The latest installment of Microsoft's Internet Explorer is claimed to have a big advantage over other browsers because it will not need a separate plug - in such as Adobe's Flash Player just to play audio and video on web sites. Great, you may think but let us not count our chickens before they hatch. In hindsight it is actually a great feature ( if it works properly ), because allowing separate plug - ins to do whatever they want is one of the major causes of Microsoft's problems.

Internet Explorer 9 will also take advantage of Windows graphics technologies to improve its display of pictures and text, at the apparent price of Windows XP support. This tells me that users of Windows XP will not have much support from Microsoft if something goes haywire; the Question I have is: Why make Internet Explorer 90 compatible with Windows XP in the first place?

Adventurous users can also try out a "test drive" version of the browser, if they are crazy enough. But this release is so limited that it doesn't even count as pre-alpha. Microsoft's frequently-asked-questions file doesn't say when a beta version of IE 9 will ship, much less a finished product. This poses a problem for the company, because the current Internet Explorer 8 just isn't doing the job. It trails competitors in its features, simplicity, reliability and speed.

At the same conference: MIX 10, last week, Microsoft also revealed more details about the rewritten mobile software, Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 Windows Phone 7 Series, that it announced last month. And unfortunately users may not be happy about these revelations


Microsoft Windows Mobile 7, due on smartphones by this holiday season, will not let you cut, copy and paste text, Engadget's Chris Ziegler posted. PC Magazine's Sascha Segan, meanwhile, reported that Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 Windows Phone 7 Series won't support running multiple third-party programs at once (although some will be able to provide limited services such as music playback in the background), augmenting a phone's storage with a removable memory card or installing new applications from anywhere but Microsoft's own Windows Marketplace.

Microsoft news: Microsoft revealed plans for the next version of its "better" Internet Explorer browser Friday and the "disappointing" Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 Windows Phone 7 Series.

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