Microsoft has moved Office to the Cloud. Now it’s Office 365 beta.

Chris Capossela, Microsoft senior vice president, has demonstrated Office 365 at a press event in San Francisco.

Office 365 is online version of the Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop suite plus it include Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online.

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Office 365 it a next Microsoft’s step moving it services to a cloud.

Providing Office as an online service will mean that Outlook exchange and document programs that have been fixtures on business networks will be accessible not only from desktops and laptops, it could be accessible through smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets used by an increasingly mobile workforce.

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Internet Explorer 9 beta screenshots

Microsoft has official released Internet Explorer 9 beta September 15, 2010 in San Francisco.

IE9 will have nearly complete support for HTML5 and CSS 3 selectors, border-radius CSS 3 property, faster JavaScript, hardware-accelerated graphics rendering, text rendering, video rendering and imaging support.

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Internet Explorer 9 beta available for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 2008 server. IE 9 does not supported on Windows XP. It available for download from Beauty of the Web.

The screenshots:
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Windows Azure. The new cloud platform from Microsoft

Microsoft’s Windows Azure Platform is a cloud computing platform offering that “provides a wide range of Internet services that can be consumed from both on-premises environments or the Internet”. That’s what the official Azure’s website says. And we see that Microsoft is moving to cloud computing like Google Apps, Amazon, SalesForce and some other already does. Azure is a PaaS or “Platform as a Service” and it used to be free to use but now (starts from June 28 there is some additional charges for computing time, storage and data transferring).

Some words about cloud computing. Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information, are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like the electricity grid. Cloud computing layers could describe this architecture the best and shows the difference from client-server (client – application server – server) architecture. Cloud computing layers are:

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