MIX’11 keynote summary, day 1

It’s time for MIX again! Microsoft’s number one conference for web and phone enthusiasts kicked off in Las Vegas. The first keynote day covered web development, the second one will zero in on phone thingies. Here are the highlights from the first day’s keynotes. Internet Explorer Dean Hachamovitch kicks off the keynote – and he’s […]

April 12, 2011 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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PDC10 keynote summary

PDC10 conference kicked off today in Seattle – but really, Microsoft wanted to define the conference as global, having hundreds of local streamwatching events around the world. Unfortunately, as many have suspected, running PDCs every year tends to wear out some of the glamour around them. Even with all the Microsoft’s development resources, they have […]

October 28, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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Internet Explorer 9, web standards and Acid3

Since the MIX10 IE9 announcement last week, discussion around IE9’s standards support has been raging. For years, Internet Explorer has been ridiculed for lousy scores on tests such as Acid3, which delivers a percentage score of standards compliance. Chrome and Opera score a 100, Firefox rolls up to 94 and IE8… Well, IE8 cranks out […]

March 22, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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MIX10 Day 2 Keynote highlights

Day 1 was focused on Silverlight and Windows Phone 7, and it wasn’t a bad day at all. Can Day 2 top that? Judge yourself, here’s my summary for the keynote. Internet Explorer 9 Platform preview version announced, now ready for download. Updates coming approximately every 8 weeks IE 9 planned from the ground to […]

March 16, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Security problems with downloaded .NET assemblies

Have two copies of the same file with exactly the same content on a bit-to-bit level, yet one works and the other one fails with a security error? Yeah, that could happen. In this post, I will discuss two features of Windows that may not be familiar to you. First, files in the NTFS file […]

December 10, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 3 Comments
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Summary of PDC09 announcements

The two keynote days of PDC09 are behind, and the crowd has mixed reactions. At any rate, the most substantial launches seem to be over now, so it’s a safe time to write up some quick notes. Later on, it’ll be time to delve into each of these in more detail. The following list is […]

November 19, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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Browser Ballot Screen is coming; gets a 0.5% market share cutoff

I have to admit I’m stunned. Given what I wrote in early June on the IE browser bundling issue and the subsequent launch of Windows 7 E, I wouldn’t have expected Microsoft to go so easily on the Browser Ballot Screen… but now they are embracing it. Microsoft’s most recent proposal to the EC contains […]

July 27, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Internet Explorer bundling issue resolved with force – what now?

Just a couple of days ago I wrote on the European Commission’s attempt to dislodge IE from Windows. It would appear Microsoft’s recent unbundling move made things a whole lot more interesting. Yesterday’s key announcement was that Windows 7 would be shipped as “E” versions ("Windows 7 Home Premium E” and such) in Europe. The […]

June 12, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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EC versus IE, what gives?

Extreme economic liberalism leads to chaos, and the current world order offers competition law as one cure. But will the European Commission’s examination on Internet Explorer bundling issue have any meaningful consequences? As you may or may not know, Opera filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission in 2007. Opera had two key points: […]

June 9, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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