Application Development: Microsoft MIX11: IE10, Native HTML5, Windows Phone 7, Kinect SDK
Just four weeks after the release of Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft unveiled the first platform preview of IE10 at the MIX11 conference in Las Vegas. In his April 12 keynote opening, Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president of Internet Explorer, outlined how the next version of Microsoft's Web browser builds on the performance breakthroughs and deep native HTML5 support delivered in IE9. With this investment, Microsoft is leading the adoption of HTML5 with a long-term commitment to the standards process, Hachamovitch said. "It's great to be here with the people who build the Web and make it workdevelopers," he said in greeting the crowd. Hachamovitch also drove home the importance of native technology. "Native experiences are the best experiences," he said. "The only native experience of HTML5 on the Web today is on Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 9. With Internet Explorer 9, Websites can take advantage of the power of modern hardware and a modern operating system and deliver experiences that were not possible a year ago. Internet Explorer 10 will push the boundaries of what developers can do on the Web even further." Joining Hachamovitch onstage to demonstrate some of the power and advances in IE10, Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft, showed off some of the new features in IE10 and how it compares with competing browsers, such as Google's Chrome. During the second day of MIX11, the software giant demonstrated the next version of its Windows Phone operating system, and delivered a beta of the Kinect for Windows SDK (software development kit) and a Silverlight 5 beta. Microsoft also announced that with the forthcoming release of Windows Phone, the company will provide developers with more hardware capabilities, better browsing and improved tooling, as well as expanded opportunities and Windows Phone Marketplace options. In addition, Microsoft announced that developers will soon gain access to updated Windows Phone Developer Tools. These improved tools include a performances profiler and sensor simulation, enabling developers to build more integrated and high-performing apps.