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Microsoft updates Internet Explorer 9 code

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at Thursday's software developers conference. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer pumped up unique features in the company’s new Web browser and smart phone software at a software developer conference Thursday, the company’s annual pep rally for people who will build programs for the Web, Windows computers and phones.

Ballmer is known for his onstage enthusiasm. This year, he joked with the crowd that he wouldn’t repeat the memorable “developer prance” of years past, when he loped around hollering, “Developers! Developers!”

During the keynote address, Ballmer and Dean Hachamovitch, a top executive in Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer division, showed off how developers can program websites to take advantage of new features. Internet Explorer 9, which is in beta test form, uses more of a PC’s hardware to make pages load and run faster. A new version of the underlying code is being released for developers Thursday. Get the full story »

Microsoft’s successor to Bill Gates to retire

Microsoft Corp said on Monday that chief software architect Ray Ozzie, the man who took over that role from co-founder Bill Gates, would retire and not be replaced.

The move signals a new phase in Microsoft’s shift toward cloud computing, which Ozzie championed, and cements control of the company’s direction under Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. Get the full story »

Microsoft to open store at Oakbrook Center

Young customers at the grand opening new Microsoft Store in San Diego’s Fashion Valley Shopping Center. (Microsoft)

Microsoft is planning to open a store at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook by the end of the year, making the Chicago area one of just seven locations for the company’s new retail initiative.

The company announced the Oakbrook store last week at an analysts’ conference in Seattle and on its Microsoft Store Facebook page. Get the full story »