Category: Microsoft


Internet Explorer 9 Beta is out

We all knew today was the day, but just in case you’ve been zoned out in Kauai the past few weeks, Microsoft’s getting set to release its refreshed build of Internet Explorer to the general public today. IE9 Beta is said to be a beta that’s essentially done, so you shouldn’t have too much to fear when the download links go live later today. The crew at Redmond claims that it’s far more compliant with HTML5, CSS3 and SVG2 standards, and that it’s the only game in town with full hardware acceleration.

It’s out folks, try it out.

Bing for AndroidBing for Android

Microsoft unveiled its Bing search app for Android today. But if you want to get in on the action, you’re going to have to have a Verizon phone, as it’s exclusive to the carrier’s section of the Android Market. (Place your bets  on how quickly it leaks out, though.)

The app features a daily featured image, just like Bing on the desktop. And you can swipe through seven days’ worth of images. There’s an endless scrolling search, and you can swipe through image previews straight to the host site. Microsoft’s own voice search works with Android’s speech-to-text function, and you can use Bing Maps to find your way around, too.

Is the app a threat to Google’s native services on Android? We’ll have to see, though it’s doubtful, just because of the integration factor. and then there’s the issue of it only being available on Verizon, for now, anyway. [Bing]

HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 AT&T

Boy, the Windows Phone 7 leaks just keep on coming, don’t they?  We’ve seen LG’s C900 and E900, Samsung’sCetus and another unnamed WP7 device, and HTC’s Schubert.  Today we’ve got another HTC WP7 handset for you, but it’s name doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well as Schubert does.  Simply known as the T8788, this HTC-made device headed to AT&T and is a landscape slider, although it doesn’t slide to reveal a keyboard.  Instead, you get a speaker, which is something haven’t seen often in the past.  The sliding speaker, combing with the kickstand, means that this looks like it could be a very media-centric device.

Like I said, we’ve seen several Windows Phone 7 leaks in the past few weeks, and while the T8788 doesn’t have the most attractive name, I would argue that it has one of the most handsome exteriors.  Besides, I’m sure that HTC will have an interesting name picked out for the T8788 when it finally hits AT&T’s shelves.  So, readers, do you like the inclusion of a slide-out speaker or would you prefer something with a little more QWERTY?

HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 AT&T

Via Engadget

Microsoft says 74 percent of work PCs still use Windows XP, extends downgrade rights until 2020 — Engadget.

It may be nearly a year since we first got our hands on Dell’s thin-and-light Inspiron 14z, but the laptop still certainly holds its own in its class, and Dell has now made an offer that’s awfully hard to refuse — it’s lowered the price to just $399. That will of course get you the lowest-end, Pentium Dual-Core SU4100 model, but you can upgrade to a Core 2 Duo for $65 extra, and the rest of the basic specs aren’t too shabby, including 3GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and a DVD burner. Anyone thinking of taking the plunge better act fast, however, as the deal is apparently part of a 48 hour sale, and quite a few of those hours have already ticked away.