Microsoft reveals IE9 beta release set for September

 

Also touts Azure and SQL database over VMware and Oracle Fusion.

Microsoft has announced that a beta of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) will be launched in September.

Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft, talked up the company's confidence in the new software at a meeting with financial analysts yesterday.

"We are really excited about IE9, which will be beta and coming out in September," he said. "We're really going in a big way in this space this next year, and have a great story to tell including around safety and security."

Turner also used his speech to paint a healthy picture of Microsoft's position in various markets, and trumpeted the firm's products over rivals', such as its Azure cloud computing platform over VMware and Google.

"Google certainly targets software-as-a-service and they dabble in the platform-as-a-service. But their capabilities are far short of what we're doing from an Azure perspective," said Turner.

"VMware really is a virtualisation provider. Their definition of cloud is that they virtualise cloud. And the platform services they talk about are very disconnected from the underlying infrastructure."

Turner claimed that Microsoft has a far greater knowledge and understanding of the entire process of hosting the technology, which gives it the competitive edge.

"VMware is not getting the knowledge associated with what it takes to run a world-class global service that we get with Windows Azure. We can transfer that learning to the service provider, our partners and directly on to our customers, " he said.

Microsoft also expects to gain customers when Oracle finally releases its Fusion platform, which will integrate middleware and enterprise applications. The most likely launch date for this is during the OpenWorld user event in late September.

"When Oracle launches Fusion - September or October is the rumour - we really think that's a unique opportunity for us to 'replatform' and migrate Oracle customers to the SQL database, because customers don't want to be locked into Oracle," he said.

"Oracle wants to own the whole thing, from disk all the way through business application. We see that as a unique opportunity for Microsoft to step into that gap."

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Microsoft reveals IE9 beta release set for September
 
 
 
Top Stories
The True Cost of BYOD - 2014 survey
Twelve months on from our first study, is BYOD a better proposition?
 
Photos: Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer
Pawsey's biggest beast slots into place.
 
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Pass on carbon tax savings, warns ACCC
Jul 24, 2014
The ACCC is warning businesses that supply "regulated goods" to pass on any cost savings ...
Have customers that won't pay debts?
Jul 10, 2014
The ACCC and ASIC have updated their advice when it comes to collecting debts.
Carpet cleaner faces court over online testimonials
Jul 4, 2014
The ACCC has initiated proceedings against A Whistle (1979) Pty Ltd, the franchisor of Electrodry...
You can now get 15GB of free online storage using Microsoft OneDrive
Jun 25, 2014
Cloud storage has reached both the capacity and price where it's a viable alternative to local ...
Another clever trick you can perform with Xero
Jun 25, 2014
Here is another way to reach out to particular subsets of your customers using Xero.
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  27%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  22%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1130

Vote