I'm here at a panel called 'Web vNext' at the Microsoft TechEd 2006 conference in Auckland, New Zealand (I'm at the conference courtesy of Microsoft NZ). The participants are George Moore (GM for the Windows Live Developer Platform), Ron Jacobs (Microsoft), Rowan Simpson (TradeMe.
Web 2.0 Explorer
Yesterday I interviewed Microsoft's Chris Wilson, the Group Program Manager for IE, to address the issue of whether Microsoft's latest web browser IE7 is - and will be - CSS and Web standards compliant. This was a controversial topic last week, when a Slashdot thread claimed that IE7 was basically non-compliant with CSS standards.
Zimbra, the open source Web Office vendor, today announced the launch of the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 4.0.
Microsoft has just announced the release of a blog authoring tool called Windows Live Writer - essentially a new word processor app. Windows Live Writer is "a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service.
In upcoming posts here on ZDNet, I'll be exploring the latest web browsers and where the browser market in general is headed. I'm calling this series (rather predictably) Browsers 2.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the World Wide Web, today I interviewed two distinguished people from Sun Microsystems - Tim Bray (Director of Web Technologies) and Radia Perlman (Distinguished Engineer). Here is the podcast interview [37 mins, 17MB].
Niall Kennedy, the RSS guy at Microsoft (since April 2006 anyway), has announced he's leaving Microsoft. One passage in particular from his blog post caught my attention: "Windows Live is under some heavy change, reorganization, pullback, and general paralysis and unfortunately my ability to perform, hire, and execute was completely frozen as well.
Interesting Slashdot thread started by Jeff Reifman, in which he claimed that IE7 was basically non-compliant with CSS web standards: he measured it as IE 52% compliance vs. Firefox 93%.
A few months ago I wrote a series of posts Most EyeOS users see it as "a virtual web desktop" on what I termed the WebOS, a web-based Operating System. Most of the feedback from ZDNet readers was about why anyone would need a WebOS - and what use is it?
I noted at the end of May that the version of IE that will be in Windows Vista will be called "Internet Explorer 7+". Well it seems the IE Team has changed their mind and have dropped the "+".
The latest Hitwise stats show that Google has broken the 60% mark in search engine market share. Hitwise data has Google at 60.
The Diggtrends website has just done some stats relating to Netscape owner's offer to buy out digg's top users. It'll be published tomorrow, but they gave me an advance look.
This is Part 2 of my interview with Kendall Collins, VP of marketing at Salesforce.com.
Ray Ozzie's speech at last Thursday's Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting 2006 was a significant one - not only because it was the first major Microsoft strategy speech in years that was *not* delivered by Bill Gates. If anything marked the passing of the visionary torch from Gates to Ray Ozzie, this presentation was it.
Tara Hunt's headline R.I.P. Browsers was accompanied with the hauntingly matching graphic on the left.