Namely, he revealed timeframes for some highly anticipated updates to the betas of Internet Explorer 8 and their cross-browser, cross-platform and cross-device Silverlight 2 plug-in. According to Gates, Silverlight 2 Beta 2 will improve the overall video streaming experience and should be out later this week, whereas Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 is slated for an August release and will focus primarily on perking up the end-user experience. It’s probably safe to assume, then, that Microsoft will be showing off a few new features in the next beta of the world’s most popular yet controversial browser.
Gates had other announcements to make including a technical collaboration with IBM and the launch of the Microsoft project code-named “Velocity,” a distributed in-memory application cache platform. You can read more about it in their press release.