Microsoft updates IE9 code, unveils new apps

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Old 29-Oct-2010
Microsoft updates IE9 code, unveils new apps

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pumped up unique features in the company's new Web browser and smart phone software at a software developer conference Thursday, the company's annual pep rally for people who will build programs for the Web, Windows computers and phones.

Ballmer is known for his onstage enthusiasm. This year, he joked with the crowd that he wouldn't repeat the memorable “developer prance” of years past, when he loped around hollering, “Developers! Developers!

During the keynote address, Ballmer and Dean Hachamovitch, a top executive in Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer division, showed off how developers can program websites to take advantage of new features. Internet Explorer 9, which is in beta test form, uses more of a PC's hardware to make pages load and run faster. A new version of the underlying code is being released for developers Thursday.

IE9, which is only available for computers running Windows Vista and Windows 7, lets computer users “pin” websites to the task bar at the bottom of the screen, creating a permanent shortcut that makes the site feel more like a desktop program.

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