HAVING ALREADY shipped out four previews of its IE 9 browser for the developer community, Microsoft has started hyping up its consumer release.
Internet Explorer 9 promises a number of improvements and the last preview release earlier this month was supported by a bunch of fairly diverting and amusing examples of its powers. Microsoft talked up its use of HTML5, the number of downloads already made, the reception the release got at the Mix10 conference and its many interoperability improvements.
Microsoft will release the consumer preview on 15 September, and is asking bloggers, beardies, the press and developers who want to go and get a free tee shirt, mousemat or pen, to answer a question on its HTML5 web site.
It's not really a question, more of a challenge. Actually, challenge is too strong a word. It is a six letter anagram. The puzzle, "Unlock the _ _ _ _ _ _ web", uses the letters "V E A N T I" and the solution is a single word, according to James Pratt, who is a mouthpiece for the Vole.
We can tell you that it is not "Antvie", and nor is it "Van I et", however it might be "Native". µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home