Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Windows 8 HTML5 WinRT RSS reader app

Category: HTML, Microsoft

WinJS is a JavaScript framework for Windows 8, and David Rousset uses it here to create a quick RSS reader. He shows how in a tutorial series. This first article shows the way to build a welcome screen that employs WinJS ListView control. Blend and CSS3 are employed. The second tutorial shows work on the Read the rest…

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3 rating from 278 votes

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

IE9 Chakra JavaScript Team Hosting a Q&A Session Tomorrow

Category: Browsers, IE, Microsoft

The IE9 team announced that they’ll be hosting an open Q&A session via Twitter where developers can ask questions to the Chakra engineers about the new JavaScript engine. In conjunction with the release of Platform Preview 7, we wanted to give the community the opportunity to ask questions of some of our IE and Chakra Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 2:56 pm

3.1 rating from 11 votes

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

IE9 gets a Web Timing API to measure performance

Category: IE, Microsoft, Performance

Web site performance is a very important topic. We should not let our end users wait for our sites and optimizing them for load time and rendering can save us thousands of dollars in traffic. There is a lot of great content out there on performance (spearheaded by Yahoo a few years back). When it Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 3:15 am
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2.3 rating from 3 votes

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Microsoft to support H.264 only? Really?

Category: Microsoft, Standards

Dean Hachamovitch took an opportunity to talk about Microsoft’s point of view on HTML5 video. Namely, the view that they will only support H.264. Why do that post now? Get it out before Google I/O and VP8 gets released and opened? Follow Steve Jobs’ attack on Adobe (which talks about the openness of H.264?). Dean Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:11 am

3 rating from 1 votes

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Microsoft <3 jQuery

Category: jQuery, Microsoft

Update: Here is a full set of release notes on the platform preview (called that as it is more of a shell than a browser. Rey Bango (Ajaxian and now Microsoft employee) will do a post that rounds up the news from MIX today where the IE9 team shared a first preview release of IE9 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:03 pm

3.3 rating from 65 votes

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Microsoft joins SVG Working Group

Category: Microsoft, SVG

My gut feeling whenever I hear a “we are joining a group” type post from anyone is “thanks for telling us, ping me when you have an implementation”. However, when someone as big as Microsoft blogs about joining the W3C SVG Working Group they are trying to send a signal. Hopefully they will help the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:39 am

4 rating from 25 votes

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Microsoft to help move Canvas 2D API out of HTML5 spec?

Category: Canvas, Microsoft

Eliot Graff of Microsoft wrote to In his mail describing why he created a separate Canvas 2D API specification, Doug Schepers wrote [1]: > There is a chance that currently Canvas could be a blocker on progress > for the HTML5 spec, and at this point, Canvas is so widely implemented > that I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:32 am

2.9 rating from 47 votes

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Microsoft Ajax Minifier VS YUI Compressor

Category: JavaScript, Microsoft, YUI

I have discovered only yesterday the Announcing Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6) and the Microsoft Ajax Minifier post and using Visual Studio on daily basis I could not miss an instant minifier test. First of all, my apologizes for the wrong tweet and the comment left in the related post. I have spotted a false Read the rest…

Posted by webreflection at 10:54 am

2.8 rating from 49 votes

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Doloto, the JavaScript optimizer, released by Microsoft Research

Category: JavaScript, Microsoft, Performance

We posted on Doloto, the Microsoft Research project to help optimize JavaScript via code splitting. Ben Livshits and his team have now released the tool: Doloto is an Ajax application optimization tool, especially useful for large and complex Web 2.0 applications that contain a lot of code, such as Bing Maps, Hotmail, etc. Doloto analyzes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:42 am

3 rating from 40 votes

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Microsoft dips toe in HTML 5 water

Category: Browsers, Microsoft, Standards

Stephen Shankland pointed to Adrian Bateman of Microsoft speaking up in a W3C list on HTML 5. Microsoft has been incredibly quiet until now (the IE team at least, Chris Wilson is in another team now) and so it is interesting to get a glimpse of their thoughts (and try to work out what they Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:55 am

4.3 rating from 22 votes

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

“Get the facts” from Microsoft Marketing

Category: Browsers, IE, Microsoft

There are some good engineers working to make IE a better browser. I don’t want to belittle their work, but I couldn’t let go the recent work of various marketing groups this week. First up, we had the the chaps from down under try to buy downloads with 10 grand, ripping into other browsers along Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 pm

4.1 rating from 27 votes

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Quince: UX Pattern Explorer (in Silverlight)

Category: Design, Microsoft

A reader recently pointed us to Quince, an on-line directory of UX design patterns created by Infragistics. At first glance, Quince seems an Ajax application with some interesting animated effects, but it turns out to have been written using Silverlight (no surprise given Infragistics background). Run-time platform notwithstanding, Quince contains around 100 patterns with large Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:07 am

2.2 rating from 69 votes

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The VML changes in IE 8

Category: IE, Microsoft

We mentioned that a new excanvas was released to keep up support with IE 8. Well, Louis-Rémi Babe has detailed his travails finding out what what changed in IE 8 VML land: Although the VML specification hasn’t undergone any improvements or modifications since its publication back in 1998, Microsft development team felt like considerably changing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:19 am

3.8 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

A little bit of Microsoft…. CSS tests and open source Web Sandbox

Category: Microsoft

There have been a couple of interesting bits of news out of Microsoft over the last couple of days. Firstly, they submitted a boat load of CSS 2.1 tests to the W3C: Today, the IE Team is submitting 3784 new test cases to the CSS 2.1 Working Group for inclusion into the CSS 2.1 test Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:50 am

3.1 rating from 29 votes

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Kojax? Huh?

Category: .NET, Microsoft, Mobile

Mary Jo Foley has an article called Move over, Ajax. Here comes Microsoft’s ‘Kojax’. The thing is, I don’t get what it actually is: Kojax is a mobile development platform, according to my sources, that will allow Microsoft- — and third-party-developed — applets run in an Ajax-like way, using a combination of Visual Studio tools Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:00 am

2.6 rating from 78 votes

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

JavaScript Object Observability in ASP.NET Ajax 4.0

Category: Atlas, Microsoft

Dave Reed wrote in to tell us about an article he’s written about Microsoft ASP.NET Ajax’s utility for adding observability to JavaScript objects. The idea is simple: The Microsoft AJAX 4.0 preview includes this Sys.Observer class that allows you to be notified of updates to POJO’s, provided you use its APIs to modify them. Sys.Observer Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am

2.7 rating from 35 votes