Microsoft is using the H.264 codec in its implementation of HTML5, which does not have a specified codec of its own, Hachamovitch noted. The company also is supporting other HTML5 specifications including CSS3 and XHTML parsing. Asked if Microsoft would support HTML5 Canvas tags in IE9, Hachamovitch said graphics supported in IE9 are GPU-powered and it remains to be seen what else might be supported in that vein.
Hachamovitch also urged upgrades from IE6. "The world has changed in so many ways since August 2001, when IE6 was first released," he said.
"We're excited to get users off IE6 to Windows 7 and IE8 and then onto IE9," said Hachamovitch. Microsoft will continue to support IE6 with security updates, however.
Asked if Microsoft's older Windows XP OS would support IE9, Abramovitch seemed to frown on the notion. "Building [a] modern browser requires a modern operating system," he said. The successor Windows Vista and Windows 7 OSes offer capabilities in security, performance and graphics infrastructure not offered in previous OSes, said Hachamovitch.
He did not provide a date for the general release of IE9.
With jQuery, the company will seek better interoperability between ASP.Net and jQuery and package the library with the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 IDE and ASP.Net MVC 2.
Microsoft also released software development kits for OData as well as a second community technology preview of "Dallas," which is an information marketplace powered by the Windows Azure cloud platform. Content and data will be available with an OData feed via Dallas.
Microsoft's Doug Purdy, a software architect, stressed the company's commitment to OData via a number of means.
"We think the Open Data Protocol is really going to open up data for the open Web," enabling capabilities such as mashups, Purdy said. Among the company's OData efforts are exposing lists in the SharePoint collaboration platform as OData feeds and building support for the protocol into the Excel spreadsheet program.
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