Final Version of Internet Explorer 8

IE8Microsoft released the final version of Internet Explorer 8 last week on 19th March to continue the web browser war. This latest version brings a number of new user-friendly features, intended to make browsing the internet more convenient, fast and secure. Internet Explorer 8 is also the latest challenge to its main rival, Mozilla Firefox for the quest of web browser battle.

Internet Explorer 8 is now available in 25 languages for Windows Vista, XP and Windows Server. However, Internet Explorer 8 won’t be available for the Mac.

Microsoft says IE8 beats other top browsers in page-load time on almost 50 percent of the top 25 comScore Web sites. Microsoft also pointed to some new features to help consumers save time, including accelerators, Web slices, and visual search suggestions. Accelerators are built-in tools to let user translate text, search or handle mapping inside through window inside the working browser window. Web Slices let users put a small portion of busy web page to their favorite bar and keep it updated, such as bidding activities. The Instant Search Box in Internet Explorer 8 enables real-time searches of sites such as The New York Times, Amazon.com and Wikipedia, as well as users’ favorites and previously visited sites, complete with visuals and detailed information, to save time.

There are number of security features has been added to Internet Explorer 8 such as protection against installing malicious Active-X controls, cross-site scripting attacks, increased protection against malware, and click-jacking. To secure browsing activities, Microsoft has added InPrivate browsing mode that keep no history of user activities.

The user interface in Internet Explorer has been significantly improved, make web browsing more convenient, faster and more organized. The features such as ability to recommend sites, a new visual search, and group color-coded browser tabs are welcomed additions, especially to anyone that use the internet frequently.

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Restart Windows without restarting your computer!!

When you Shutdown or Turn Off your Computer, make sure to simultaneous press “Shift” Button.

Windows 98: If you hold the “Shift” key down while clicking on “Shutdown” button, your computer would restart without restarting the Windows.

Windows Vista: Select Start, then hover over the right arrow that is to the right of the padlock icon until the pop-up menu appears that contains “restart” as one of it’s choices. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the “restart” choice.

Windows XP: Select Start. Select “Shut Down…”. Change the drop-down combo box under “What do you want the computer to do?” to “Restart”. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the “OK” button.

Try this on your PC too.

Microsoft’s Windows Azure: Computing on Clouds

Identity platform with the new hosted services
Identity platform with the new hosted services

Microsoft has announced a new version of Windows that will run over the Internet from data centers hosted by Microsoft. Called Windows Azure, the idea is that developers will write software that runs within the “clouds” as opposed to the traditional approach of residing within servers owned and managed of a given business. The official word came at the start of Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference 2008 this week. It is not known how Microsoft will charge for Azure at this point, but it will be free during the preview period. Azure would allow software developers to create new applications that can be operated on the Internet rather than on the developers’ computers.

Azure Services Platform
Azure Services Platform

Microsoft will use the Azure platform to run its own web applications and will also open the platform to outside developers for building and running their own apps. Azure will compete with other cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine, and Salesforce.com’s force.com, and, given Microsoft’s enormous scale and influence in the software industry, its launch marks a milestone in the history of utility computing. The cloud is now firmly in the mainstream. Or, as Microsoft puts it: “The truth is evident: Cloud computing is here.”

Microsoft's Cloud Computing
Microsofts Cloud Computing

The announcements come at the start of Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference here. On Tuesday, Microsoft plans to go into more detail on Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, due out by about January 2010.

Cloud Computing Technology Providers and Contributors in 2008-2009 The following companies are among the providers and contributors of Cloud Computing technology, 10Gen, 3Leaf, 3Tera, Absolute Performance, Accenture, Akamai, Amazon.com, Appirio, Appistry, Areti Internet, Boomi, Box.net, Canaan Partners, Cloud9 Analytics, CloudWorks, CNI Systems, CohesiveFT, CSRware, DataDirect, Dell, DNAmail, eBay, Elastra, EMC, EngineYard, Enki Consulting, Enomaly, Excelian, Flexiscale, Fortress ITX, Forum, GigaSpaces, GoGrid, Google, HP, IBM, IBRIX, Joyent, JumpBox, Layered Technologies, Level 3 Communications, Linxter, LongJump, MDV, Microsoft, Moka5 (MokaFive), Mosso, NewServers, Nirvanix, Ocarina Networks, OpSource, Panorama Software, Peer1 Networks, Pervasive Software, Platform Computing, PLX Technology, Qlayer, Rackspace, RampRate, Red Hat, RightScale, rPath, Salesforce.com, Saugatuck Technology, ServePath, Skills Matter, Skytap, SnapLogic, SOASTA, Sun Microsystems, Symphoniq, Symphony Services, Tap In Systems, Teneros, Terremark, Transitive Corporation, Univa UD, Verizon Business, Vertica, VMware, XCalibre, Zabovo.com, ZOHO and Zuora.