Chrome OS source code unveiled

Google has open sourced the code of its web-based Chrome operating system. More of this week's news in the Roundup.

Google has open sourced the code of its web-based Chrome operating system, which is to be launched in a year's time. The new OS will only run on netbooks that meet Google's specifications, but pricing details are not available yet.

Microsoft staged its Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles this week, making a number of announcements.

The anticipated Office 2010 beta was released to public. Noteworthy is the new social networking integration feature, that links LinkedIn with Outlook, the ability to view and edit Exel documents within a browser and video editing capabilities in PowerPoint. You can watch the demo here.

Determined not to fall out of the browser competion, the software giant revealed that it has commenced working on IE9, pledging to improve its performance with faster JavaScript and hardware accelerated text and graphics.

Also at the conference, Microsoft launched Silverlight 4 beta, just after Adobe's announcement of Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2 betas.

Mozilla released the third beta of Firefox 3.6, hoping to minimise crashes and improve security with its component directory lockdown feature. The latest beta also makes page loading faster, due to asynchronous script execution.

If you're a Linux fan, Fedora 12 made its debut on Wednesday. You can view the screenshot gallery of the new Linux distribution here.

In feature articles we looked at 10 open source projects worth checking out, extracting plain text from documents with Syncfusion's components, and some crazy recruiter tricks to look out for.

Lastly, we have for you Chapter 14 from the book Oracle SOA Suite Developer's Guide by Matt Wright and Antony Reynolds.

--Posted by Lana Kovacevic.