Microsoft's attempts to plug in to cross-platform got more convincing last week when development on the Macintosh became a reality with Silverlight 3.
Adobe has released Director 11.5, a major update to the multimedia authoring suite used widely in education. The new version adds significant new audio capabilities, including support for 5.1-channel surround sound, as well as new video format support, new plugins, and multi-version output.
The University of Missouri Journalism School, the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and their industry partners including Adobe, Apple, and AT&T are supporting student development work in order to find new ways to reach a changing audience that shuns traditional media. A series of contests will help analyze ideas fostered by the student work and make student products available for real-world applications.
Carnegie Mellon University has partnered with OutSystems in a project to study the usability of the vendor's agile development platform. Over an eight-month period, five graduate students in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute's Masters program studied the Agile Platform to understand how it is being used by people with varying levels of technical expertise, including developers and project managers.
Starting next fall Ball State University students will be able to create interactive television applications and test them on actual digital cable environments.
A team consisting of Microsoft Research personnel and university staff members has demonstrated a potentially more secure Web browser called Gazelle. A paper (PDF) describing the browser prototype was published at Microsoft Research Thursday.
KDE (K Desktop Environment), based on the Qt Framework, is a desktop solution for UNIX environments. Still, many KDE users have wished that popular KDE applications could be ported to Windows. I tested the latest version of KDE, released in late January, to evaluate this proposition.
Adobe Systems used last week's Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona to advance its effort to provide a common runtime across desktop, Web, and mobile environments.
Research institutions that are part of the Ontario Centres of Excellence have launched a "Tools as a Service" (TaaS) cloud computing pilot program with IBM in an effort to provide researchers, students, and faculty with access to business software and software development tools.