Microsoft Leading the Adoption of Web Standards
Microsoft is leading the adoption of Web standards with its long-term commitment to the HTML5 standards process and platform investments spanning Internet Explorer, Windows Phone and Windows 7. Hachamovitch highlighted projects from the Microsoft HTML5 Labs site, where the company provides prototypes of early specifications from standards bodies, such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Microsoft also is focusing on standards and cloud development, helping developers more easily scale their apps to multiple devices and platforms. In his keynote, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president, .NET Developer Platform, discussed how the Windows Azure platform empowers developers to use their existing skills to build, host and scale Web applications in the cloud.Microsoft announced the commercial availability of new Windows Azure capabilities, including services that accelerate application performance and enable secure and open access to Web applications through popular identity providers, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google. A new community technology preview of traffic management capability for Windows Azure is also available today, enabling developers to more easily balance application performance across multiple geographies. In addition, Guthrie announced a preview of a Windows Azure content delivery network for media-streaming capabilities, available at the end of June. More information about these updates is available here.In addition to its commitment to HTML5, Web standards and cloud interoperability, Microsoft discussed its commitment to sponsoring open-source projects, such as the Orchard project, a free content management system (CMS) project in the Outercurve Foundation's ASP.NET Open Source Gallery. Orchard 1.1 is available today, along with new Amazon.com, UserVoice and DISQUS modules that contribute to the growing number of community-authored extensions for Orchard. Microsoft also announced a refresh of ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools Update, which enables Web developers to innovate quickly and easily via new HTML 5 markup support, Entity Framework 4.1 with Entity Code First now built in for easier database Web solution development, and expanded NuGet capabilities for finding and installing community components.