Sun moves into the clouds

Find out the highlights from Microsoft's Mix conference, what new feature are coming out in iPhone 3.0 and more in this week's Roundup.

Sun Microsystems, presently in talks over a merger with IBM, has jumped on to the cloud computing bandwagon by launching the Open Cloud Platform, which is based on the company's own technologies of Java, MySQL, Open Solaris and Open Storage.

Microsoft's Mix conference took place in Las Vegas this week with highlights being the release of IE8 and Silverlight 3.

In the world of browsers, Mozilla has postponed the release of the new "Shiretoko" version of Firefox for another two to three months due to the magnitude of work that still needs to be done.

Opera has come up with a way to make web browsing over slower internet connections faster. Opera Turbo, currently in testing, compresses websites' images and text on an Opera server. The data can be shrunk by up to 80 per cent, optimising the user's browsing experience.

A new, distinctly faster beta version of Chrome has been released, equipped with a new version of the V8 JavaScript engine. Amongst other improvements is the ability to zoom in and out of text and images, and the handy autofill feature for easier data entry.

Also this week, Apple revealed the new features coming up in iPhone 3.0. iPhone users will be happy to know that they will finally be getting copy and paste capabilities, as well as MMS. For developers there will be 1,000 new APIs to play with.

-- Posted by Lana Kovacevic