Microsoft launches HTML5 labs

HTML5 Labs a test and sandbox site got launched yesterday by Microsoft which simplifies the work of developers to research with early draft specifications of emerging HTML5-based technologies.

The site of HTML5 Labs has been designed to enable Microsoft to prototype early Web standard specifications from standards bodies such as World Wide Web Consortium, which is shepherding HTML5. HTML5 Labs site is taken care of and managed entire by the Microsoft Interoperability Strategy Group. The credit for gaining standards-based mechanisms so as to make an addition of multimedia capabilities to Web applications along with functionality such as bidirectional communications by the developers is entirely given to the HTML5 specification and associated technologies, as stated by Paul Krill from InfoWorld.

Microsoft Launches Its First Android App. Yes, Google’s Platform

In December 2008, Microsoft surprised a lot of people by releasing an iPhone app — Seadragon Mobile. A month later, they ensured the move wasn’t taken as a joke or gimmick by launching another app, Tag, into Apple’s App Store. Now, they have a few, including an app for Bing. And starting today, they’re doing the same for Android.

Tag for Android is the first Microsoft-made app launched on the mobile platform. This is notable, of course, because Android is the mobile platform by Microsoft’s chief rival: Google. Still, as we saw with the iPhone, Microsoft has no problems getting its technology out there, even if it means using rival platforms. Aside from Android and iPhone, Tag also currently works on Windows Mobile, J2ME, Blackberry and Symbian S60 phones.

Microsoft’s Tag technology allows you to use your phone as a mobile barcode reader. You simply point your phone’s camera at a tag (think: a smaller QRCode), snap a picture, and the Tag program will interpret it. This can be used to place things like coupons in physical locations, for example. Other companies, including Google, are working on these mobile barcodes as well. In fact, just prior to the Nexus One unveiling, all Google employees were given the device with a special barcode on the back that other Android devices could scan to get that person’s information.

Despite the high level on animosity between Microsoft and Google, it’s great to see that Microsoft isn’t above creating apps for the increasingly popular Android platform. Microsoft made its own big mobile headlines last month with the unveiling of Windows Phone Series 7, a complete reboot of its mobile strategy, due to launch later this year. That move should help Microsoft better compete with the current hot mobile platforms, Android and the iPhone.

The Tag application is available today in the Android Market; it’s a free app.

Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for SQL Server

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