Internet Explorer 9 probable layout (LEAKED PHOTO)

First we must say that this image is not officially provided by Microsoft. It just “escaped” on to the internet from Microsoft Russia. Officially, Microsoft hasn’t confirmed nor denied the accuracy of the image.

Ok, so … let’s say it’s real. Don’t you think that IE 9’s Chrome-ization is just too obvious? As Firefox 4 does, Internet Explorer 9 takes from Google Chrome the principle of making the useful space as bigger as possible. From the browser area, the toolbars are merged closely to provide as much space for the actual websites.

From this picture you can see that:

  • The address bar and search bar were merged into one
  • The tabs are also placed next to the address bar
  • Text menus on the right side bar were replaced by buttons: home, bookmarks and settings
  • The status bar simply disappeared (from the bottom of the window)

The first beta of Internet Explorer 9 is announced for September 15. Then we can test it and we can make a more honest opinion about what the new version of Microsoft’s browser will be.

First Beta of Internet Explorer 9 appers this fall

The fact that Microsoft is moving slow lately is not much a surprise. Microsoft has released so far three preview sites for Internet Explorer 9. All interfaces have only outlined a limited set of functions. The beta version will be the first to show what the new Internet Explorer 9 will bring.

Unfortunately, for more information about IE9 we will have to wait until September. Even if those from Microsoft are very proud about the new version they don’t tell us what changes it brings or the launch date.

The difficult mission of the new IE9 will be “recover the ship” for Microsoft. Currently, Internet Explorer has a 60% share of the market, with over 30 percent less than the “good old days.”

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, will donate 50% of his wealth to charities

With a fortune estimated over $13.5 billion, Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, is in 37th position among the world’s richest people according to Forbes magazine.

In a statement issued by his foundation, Paul Allen announced also that he donated 3.9 million dollars to a group of philanthropic organizations in the northwest United States.

“I’ve planned for many years now that the majority of my estate will be left to philanthropy to continue the work of the foundation and to fund non-profit scientific research like the ground-breaking work being done at the Allen Institute for Brain Science,” Allen said in a statement.

Allen has appeared on the Philanthropy 50, the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the nation’s 50 largest donors, eight times and ranked No. 11 last year, donating $85 million.

Paul Allen, aged 57, was diagnosed last year with a serious form of cancer – non-Hodgkin’s malignant lymphoma.

His announcement comes shortly after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the richest American businessmen have launched a public appeal to wealthy Americans to donate at least half of the fortunes to charities.

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Goodbye Windows XP on netbooks, from October 22


The deadline for the sales of the operating system with laptops has been extended at least once, but now Microsoft promises that this date is final. In addition, they say that in the United States, 81% of sold netbooks come with a preinstalled version of Windows 7. Those who have installed Service Pack 2 will not receive updates from July 13 and it is recommended to install Service Pack 3. The latter will have some support until April 2014, which makes us believe that after 13 years there will be plenty of nostalgia. You’ll be surprised to learn that Windows XP had two months ago a market share of 56%, beeing the most used operating system worldwide?

Let’s have a quick recap. According to Microsoft, it runs even on a 233 MHz processor, helped by just 64 MB RAM. The systems equipped with Pentium II could drop Windows 98 or 2000 for the XP version, and a screen resolution of 800×600 ensured an acceptable use. However it turned into the best operating system for netbooks, low-performance systems than the average market systems. Because Windows Vista had system requirements too high, XP came to be contemporary with Windows 7. Considering that Windows 8 is scheduled for August 2012, we will have four Microsoft operating systems, each with a slice of the global market.

Windows XP, we just do not say goodbye yet, but your days are numbered.

Windows 7, sold in over 100 million copies by now?

In just six months since it was launched, Windows 7 has become the fastest selling operating system in history.

Microsoft announced recently that they already sold 100 million copies of the licensed Windows 7.

This means that one in ten computers worldwide are now running Windows 7 (licensed).

Microsoft’s revenue increased so that in the first quarter they won $14.5 billion.

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Google is investigated for antitrust

Therefore, two companies with activities in services online of compare prices and search, one in UK and another in France, claim that Google’s search algorithm demote intentionally their websites.

However, a company owned by Microsoft complained to the EC on the terms and conditions offered by Google for advertising.

The search engine considers that the activities carried out comply with EU competition law.

Google holds 90% of overall Internet search market, compared with a combined share of 7.4% for Yahoo! and Bing, according to data provided in November by StatCounter.

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Wonder child: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer at only 9 years old

Marko Calasan got his first system administrations license at age of 6, and last month he became officially a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. At his age, Marko made some surprising statements: he’s not playing on PC because is a waste of time, and he pretends to transfer HDTV signal by a DSL line.
Matej Potokar, the general manager of Microsoft Slovenia, said about Marko: “ It’s incredible how time and energy he devoted to this material so complex and large. On the other hand, I hope to find time for his second hobby, soccer”.

Marko spends daily around 4 and 10 hours a day on computer and he’s working as a remote system administrator of a non profit organization who helps persons with disabilities. Besides that, Marko teaches to school to children between 8 and 11 years basic knowledge about PC, in a 15 computer lab.
Nevertheless, Marko’s biggest achievement is to transfer HDTV signal by a low speed network infrastructure. A Macedonian telecommunication company offered the 9 years boy access to the maid network, in order to experience. Marko is now planning to present the transfer without any loss of signal HDTV by DSL at CeBIT 2010 fair.

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The XP Phone runs Windows 7

The XP Phone launching date wasn’t made public yet, but the phone’s price is estimated between $400 and $650.
According to reports, XP Phone will cost as a last generation smartphone, and Windows 7 installation shouldn’t be impossible due to fact that the phone can anyway run Windows XP.
Here are XP Phone technical specifications :

* Processor: CPU AMD Super Mobile
* Memory: 512MB/1GB
* SSD: 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB
* HDD: 30GB/60GB/80GB/120GB
* LCD: TFT Touch-screen of 4,8 inches, resolution 800×480
* Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP
* Network: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA (HSDPA/HSUPA) CDMA/CDMA2000 1X/CDMA1X EVDO, TD-SCDMA TD-HSDPA
* Wireless WiFi 802.11b/g, WiMax(optional), Bluetooth, Stand-alone GPS
* Camera : CMOS, 300k/1,3 millions
* Ports: 1 x plug for headphones,1 x plug for microphone, Docking Connector (includes VGA output signal), 1 x USB 2.0, SIM Slot
* Battery: Lithium-ion, removable
* Call time: about 5 hours, Stand-by: about 5 days.
* Functioning in normal use: about 7 hours (Standard), about 12 hours (Large)
* Weight: 400g (with battery).

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