Mozilla has posted the second release candidate of its Firefox 3 web
browser this morning. The software is currently only available through
the organization’s FTP server.
Microsoft today said that it will be rolling out the second beta of
Internet Explorer later this summer and make the software available in
20 languages. Meanwhile, it appears that the Mozilla team has hit
roadblocks, which prompted the developers to delay its next-gen
browser. There will be at least one more release candidate before
Firefox 3 final can be downloaded.
Adobe today released a new version of its document management software
Acrobat. Flash movies are now natively supported and can be embedded
into PDF documents and viewed through a new version of the free Acrobat
Reader. Perhaps even more significant is Adobe’s continued push into
the software-as-a-service (SaaS) segment, introducing a fancy interface
for a simple online word processor, a screen sharing applications as
well as a file sharing platform.
A new web page that popped up on Mozilla’s site today suggests that the
launch of Mozilla 3 is imminent. The developers announced that they
will soon be announcing the availability date of the software and are
rallying users to take Firefox 3 into the Guinness Book of World
Records – as the most downloaded software within 24 hours.
Apple has released a hefty 420 MB update for its current operating
system. Leopard 10.5.3 delivers a myriad of improvements, patches as
well as general stability and reliability enhancements.
He may be stepping down from day to day duties at Microsoft, but Bill Gates can still hold a crowd. Gates and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took center stage at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital Conference last night in Carlsbad California and fielded tough questions along with demoing an upcoming touch-sensitive version of Windows, but it was Ballmer who did most of the talking. He emphasized that Vista is not a failure and that Microsoft was still pursuing some type of partnership with Yahoo.
Microsoft squashed hopes that the next version of Windows will come
with a completely new kernel – a new kernel that had been discussed and
presented as “micro kernel”. The foundation new operating system,
apparently due for launch in early 2010, will be an evolutionary step
over the Windows Server 2008 kernel, which is based on the Windows
Vista kernel, an executive said in an interview.
GPU acceleration is one of the most significant trends in today
hardware industry, opening the doors to an entirely new class of software. It appears
that the next Photoshop will be one of the first mainstream
applications that will tap into the GPU for a speed up. And, at least
from what we have seen during a first demonstration, the progress is
Microsoft announced that it will extend the file format range supported
by its Office 2007 package. ODF 1.1, PDF 1.5 and XPS will be added with
the next service pack, but the integration of Microsoft’s own and
recently standardized Office Open XML will be delayed until Office 14.
Back when we first saw the capabilities of Nvidia’s CUDA technology and
Tesla acceleration cards, it was clear to us that the company had all
the tools necessary to change the way we use computers today – the
enormous computing horsepower of graphics cards open up possibilities
we have talked about for some time, but didn’t think were possible in
the foreseeable future. The company now challenges developers for the
first time to exploit the hidden potential graphics cards in a
It’s time to start your downloading as Mozilla
has released a brand new pre-release version of the upcoming Firefox 3
browser. Release Candidate 1 is available for Macs, Linux and of
course Windows machines in an amazing 45 languages.
Analyst Opinion - Living in Silicon Valley has its advantages. One of
them is that every once in a while a company like Netscape or Google
pops up which threatens to change dramatically the way we do certain
things. I ran into such a company recently. It is called Apture and it
could have the technology to change the way how we hyperlink and or
embed pictures or graphs into Internet content.
Microsoft has unveiled its first Service Pack for the Mac version of Office 2008, adding new features and security enhancements to the Apple-specific release of the productivity software suite. A couple of the bugs that pertain to all Office products were that text boxes and certain shapes would periodically mess up a file, and when copying an Office 2008 file into an Office 2004 program the software would freeze. Service Pack 1 patches these issues.
(CA) – Mozilla announced on Saturday that it has put the finishing touches on
the Release Candidate 1 code of Firefox 3. The developers are
optimistic that RC1 is pretty much the final code of the new browser:
If there are no unexpected bugs, RC1 will turn into Firefox 3.