Microsoft leading the way to html5

Microsoft has entered more fully into the world of HTML5. They have launched a laboratory for this growing web standard. They are backing it up with a new web browser. Read on to find out more about what Microsoft is up to here in this short article.


The month of December 2010 has proven to be a move forward into the future of the web. HTML5 is being promoted, even marketed with a logo and Microsoft is taking a respectable lead in this scenario. Microsoft has a goal of making it easier for people to program workable solutions and new ideas. They want to do this by guiding those under their tutorials into the emerging and speculative features of HTML5. How many web developers know that HTML5 supports offline storage in a browser ? Things like this need to be placed out in front of those looking to bring the cutting edge technology of HTML5 to the rest of the world.

The “IndexedDB” is a way to store large amounts of data into a web browser. It will allow a user agent to act as an application. At the moment, places like iTunes, Android Marketplace, and the Nokia Ovi Store are still pushing downloadable apps to those who are using their smartphones. They are mostly games. The statistics say that one third of United States adults have apps on their cell phones. News and weather came in second to games. Maps and Navigations were fourth and social networking is fifth in popularity. All of these can be done easily in HTML5 and installed in the browser. They can even be given graphics to look exactly like the downloaded apps that they replace.


Microsoft knows this and now you do too. One important difference is that Microsoft has lots more money and time than any one programmer. This is why, if you are a programmer, it is good to help Microsoft become the leader in HTML5 programs with their new and upcoming browser. They uneventfully call it Internet Explorer 9 ( IE9 ). In its beta stage, it is more HTML5 compatible than Firefox or Google Chrome. If you know anything about Internet Explorer as a web developer, you know that Microsoft has seldom submitted to the web standards of the W3C as much as other browsers. The IE6 version is still giving hissy fits to web developers across the world.  That is coming to an end with IE9.

In a lab environment, it is possible to do testing before a product is brought to market. This is one of the goals of Microsoft. One of the more sensitive sections of the HTML5 standard has to do with websockets, a way to allow a web page to communicate with external servers. The security implications are there, but Microsoft has it covered. With the labs, Microsoft can create a browser prototype to test. A web developer can then throw at it all the things that may make websockets dangerous. Once everything is declared safe in the prototype, it can be added to the future IE9, or whatever version of web browser Microsoft comes up with in the future.

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