Microsoft shows off IE9 preview

This week, highlights from Microsoft's MIX10 conference and more in the Roundup.

At its MIX10 conference in Las Vegas this week, Microsoft took the wraps off the IE9 Platform Preview. This latest offering seems to be a vast improvement from earlier versions, with support for SVG, some HTML5 and CSS3 elements, as well as faster overall speed thanks to its new JavaScript engine, called Chakra. While it still has a long way to go, its Acid 3 results, at 55, are better than that of IE8, which scores 20. It will only install on Vista SP2 or higher, so keep this in mind if you're planning to take it for a spin. Naturally, Microsoft has adopted H.264 for HTML5 video encoding in IE9, making the future of the open-source alternative codec Ogg a bit shaky.

Microsoft also demonstrated a number of app prototypes at the conference for its Windows Phone 7 series. To write apps for the platform, you'll need knowledge of Silverlight and XNA Game Studio 4.0. Surprisingly, the copy-and-paste functionality for Windows Phone 7 devices has been overlooked.

In an attempt to lure users away from Microsoft Exchange, Google has created a tool that can easily migrate Exchange 2003 and 2007 user data to Google Apps. The Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange will be available for Google Apps Premier and Google Apps Education editions.

Microsoft has simplified the use of XP mode on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions by getting rid of virtualisation hardware requirements. A US study reveals that more and more businesses are planning to switch to Windows 7.

In feature articles this week we looked at how to use the QuickProxy Firefox extension, using a hybrid XSLT extension to send email, and the lost art of paying attention.

--Posted by Lana Kovacevic