There were a lot of big conferences recently, including Microsoft’s® Mix conference, and South by Southwest (SXSW), a conference covering everything from interactive technology to movies and music. Although SXSW started primarily as a venue for musicians, it has expanded in recent years to cover a vast array of media and technologies.
Looking at everything that happened at SXSW and Mix, there was one topic that was surprisingly lacking: location-based technologies, including social media. Sure, everyone was using it, but no one was talking about it. The biggest discussions about it were in terms of which was bigger, foursquare or Gowalla.
Has location-based social media grown so fast that it is already passé to even talk about? Or is it still so new to so many people that nobody really knows what to say? We’d love to know what you think, so feel free to give your opinion in the comments section below.
Internet Explorer 9
Jumping back to Mix, the browser wars got another new weapon this week with Microsoft announcing a new version to the world’s most popular browser, lovingly titled Internet Explorer 9. Although final release date has yet to be announced, users can download a beta version to try out some of the new features. It is still early beta, so some features are not yet fully implemented, but it does give users a good idea on the look, feel and speed of the new browser. If you don’t feel comfortable downloading beta software then check out the official demos at the Microsoft website. Overall, Internet Explorer 9 has some great potential.
This positions IE9 to maintain its edge well into the future. Many of these technologies (embedded audio, h.264 video, etc) allow multimedia displays to function without needing to install specific plugins, like Adobe® Flash®, for example.
The only downside is that IE9 will not be compatible with Windows® XP, only with Windows Vista and Windows 7. This has been one issue preventing the use of IE8 and IE7, since neither was compatible with Windows 2000, and which caused Windows 2000 users to either live with IE6, or to find an alternative.
Even so, as Windows 7 grows, Internet Explorer 9 will also expand, which creates more opportunities for custom web developers and web development in general.
Windows Phone 7 Series
Another big announcement from Microsoft’s Mix, was more details about the new Windows mobile operating system: Windows Phone 7 Series. Despite having a horribly awkward name, the new Windows mobile OS looks simply amazing.
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