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April 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

MIX11: Microsoft pumps next Internet Explorer while Firefox rockets

pacman_web.jpgLAS VEGAS — Microsoft pumped up the next version of Internet Explorer while competing browser Mozilla Firefox continues spreading like wildfire.

The company is hosting about a thousand Web developers at its MIX conference in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay convention center. This morning, Microsoft talked about the latest in Web development.

It’s been only four weeks since Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9, but Microsoft said today that the next version, Internet Explorer 10, is ready for developers for platform preview.

Mozilla launched Firefox 4 recently and it has been downloaded 78 million times. The last time Microsoft gave an update, Internet Explorer 9 had been downloaded 2 million times. Microsoft did not provide an update on IE9 downloads today.

Unlike Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4 works with Windows XP. Microsoft’s new browser runs only on the Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. “Building a new version for the 10-year-old OS that came with IE6 didn’t make sense,” Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president at Microsoft, said in a keynote this morning.

Windows President Steve Sinofsky made a brief appearance on stage to talk about the speed of IE9. He spent most of his time comparing IE9 with Google’s Chrome browser, even though Firefox is the bigger competitor.

Microsoft showed some fun new websites built using the HTML5 Web standard, which IE9 uses. The sites below will run best in browsers that support HTML5, such as IE9, Firefox 4 or Google Chrome:

The World’s Biggest Pac-Man. Namco built this for Pac-Man’s 30th birthday — a Web version of Pac-Man. When Pac-Man hits the exits in the maze, he moves to different levels instead of returning on the other side of the screen.

Foursquare Playground. This is a 3-D version of the location social network. Microsoft showed this last month at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Bon Jovi Director’s Cut. Microsoft showed a website that creates music videos cut together from live concert footage.

Web developers who want to check out iE10 can go to http://www.IETestDrive.com.

Microsoft also announced a new release of ASP.NET and new features for its cloud platform, Windows Azure, to manage traffic going to different data centers around the world.

The company also showed some work with the Orchard project, an open source content management server project more commonly known as CMS.

For more details check out the Seattle Times live blog we had going during the keynote.

We will be covering MIX through Thursday, so stay tuned to Microsoft Pri0 for the latest. I will also be sending tweets from @sharonpianchan.

(Screenshot of World’s Biggest Pac-Man courtesy of Microsoft)

This story was originally posted at 11:34 a.m. on April 12, 2011. It was updated at 6:43 p.m. on April 12, 2011 to include a link to the Bon Jovi video website.

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