The Silverlight 2 announcement is interesting because Microsoft commited to deliver a mobile version for Windows Mobile, Nokia S60, S40 and Nokia Internet Tablets.
Microsoft also announced something that I think is even more important: Microsoft SQL Server Data Services, designed for developers building Web-based applications that need a scalable, programmable and highly available utility-based data store:
- Virtually limitless, on-demand scalability. Customers pay only for the resources actually consumed
- Reduced costs. Customers use the service with minimal up-front infrastructure and operational cost. Businesses can minimize their initial investment in hardware and software and the on-going cost for storage administration, scale maintenance.
- Universal access. SSDS supports simple web-programming interfaces like SOAP and REST for quick provisioning of web applications. Primary wire format is XML for data interchange.These easy to use, standards-based interfaces enable developers to focus on innovating with data quickly.
Back to Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 now... I read a lot of people shouting "Internet Explorer 8 has arrived" (by the way this was the headline at one of the blogs I subscribe to, and no Ben, not yours). This is not quite. What we have here is "Internet Explorer 8 beta 1". And look at the screenshot below:
No doubt a lot of people will download Internet Explorer 8 beta 1 and find out problems. Even though this is a "preview", "beta", "for web developers and designers".
Just please don't blame the software if it break things.
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