Google Chrome Now Available in Singapore and Australia

Who says the evolution of web browsers is over? Hot after the launch of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, Google released its browser – Chrome. Chrome is now avaliable for download from Singapore (Australia and pretty much everywhere else on the WWW in 40 other languages).

I’ll waiting for the reviews and further iterations of Chrome before I will consider downloading it for review purposes. It is highly encouraging to see the different set of innovative features added to the latest versions of the various web browsers.

We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we’re committed to continuing on their path. … and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.” (Source: Google Blog, 1 Sep 08)

On a separate note, where is the link to download Chrome source code? Google’s intention is commendable, but where is the follow-up action?

Related link: The 10 features of Google Chrome (Video)

Email Prioritizer – An Outlook plug-in developed by Office Labs and Microsoft Research

Download Email Prioritizer prototype.

Email Prioritizer is an free add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 that helps you manage email overload.  and it prioritizes email to help you focus on the email messages that are most important to you with a 0-3 star rating system. It also provides a “do not disturb” button that temporarily pauses new email arrival.

It does this by using various algorithms to automatically identify the importance or urgency of e-mail messages delivered into an Outlook 2007 in-box. This idea was developed from a research project by Eric Horvitz and Mary Czerwinski.

Click here for a video demo of Email Prioritizer (Soapbox).

Source link: Microsoft Targets E-Mail Overload With Outlook Plug-In (Networking Computing India)

A Silverlight-Powered Windows Form Designer within the Browser

NetikaTech has created an impressive Windows Form designer and an extensive catalog of Silverlight powered- Windows Forms controls within a browser with the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha SDK. It looks almost identical to the Visual Studio environment. What if we can one day develop and compile our code within a browser, we can truly work anywhere* (with an internet connection). I don’t see how such experience is too far-fetch from our current OWA email experience

Original Source: Silverlight as WinForms Designer

Related link:
Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Developer Reference Poster

AU ReMix 07 – Our First Silverlight Video

Nick Hodge posted a ReMix 07 intro video powered by Silverlight. In this video, Monique interviewed Anna Liu, Norbert Haehnel (Director, DPE) and Frank Arrigo (Head Geek, DPE) on what’s ReMix is about and what you can expect.

Hope to see you in ReMix 07 – Melbourne (Jun 25 – 26)

PS: Frank posted sessions information (Designer and Developer tracks) on his blog and Michael Kordahi is hosting WEB JAM during this event too! More details to follow…

The 72 Hours Conversation Commence Now in Mix 2007!

Mix 2007, has kicked off in Vegas. The major news from the keynote address was the announcement of Silverlight support for video streaming (Silverlight streaming) and as a .NET member. What this means to developers is the ability to take advantage of support for ASP.Net AJAX, LINQ and cross languages support for Visual Basic, C# and C++ and other in their Silverlight app!

Just think about the possibilities! Silverlight is ROCKING!

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Visual Studio Orcas and .NET Framework Download and Resources

Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 (and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta) has been released and available for download.

What’s News in:

a) Visual Basic Orcas  (see Visual Basic “Orcas” Beta1 is in the wild!)

  • Intellisense Everywhere – This feature is about providing statement completion suggestions at new points in edit mode.
  • Relaxed Delegates – Relaxed delegates are a way to extend VB’s implicit conversions to delegate types
  • (My fav new feature) Multi-Targeting – Enables you to use Orcas Beta1 to write applications that target .NET 2.0, 3.0, or 3.5.

b) .NET Framework 3.5

  • Deep integration of Language Integrated Query (LINQ) and data awareness
  • ASP.NET AJAX for quickly creating more efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work across all the most popular browsers
  • New web protocol support for building WCF services including AJAX, JSON, REST, POX, RSS, ATOM and several new WS-* standards
  • Full tooling support for WF, WCF and WPF including the new workflow-enabled services technology

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Expression Blend Beta 2 and Design Beta 1- OUT!

New versions of Expression Blend and Design are now avaliable for download.

Expression Blend is the professional design tool to create engaging web-connected application for Windows. Download Blend here today.

What’s changed in this Blend Beta?

·         You can now instantiate resources from the resource pane. For example, you can drag and drop a Button style onto the artboard and create a Button out of it instead of creating a Button and applying it as a separate gesture.

·         You can see inner exceptions when an exception happens on the design surface. This will let you delve deeper into the cause of the exception.

·         You now get font previews in the Text Property Inspector which makes it easier to choose your font.

·          We now automatically save the XAML file after adding an event handler. Previously, you had to save it explicitly.

·         We have configured our value editors a lot better than what they were in the previous release (Beta1). For example, editing BitmapEffects is now a lot easier. So is adding items to an ItemsControl, for example ContextMenu.

A professional illustration and graphic design tool that lets you build compelling elements for both Web and desktop application user interfaces. Download here today.