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March 18, 2015

March 2015 Newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. It's Curtains for Internet Explorer
  2. Sitefinity Version 8.0 Is Now Available

It's Curtains for Internet Explorer!

By Brendan Magee
Rejoice, for Internet Explorer is finally heading off into the sunset after a long and occasionally disastrous reign (IE 6 anyone?) as Microsoft's flagship web browser. Well, sort of. You see, while the Internet Explorer brand is going to be retired eventually, the browser itself will be supported and available in Windows 10.

Obviously, killing off IE immediately would cause problems for websites using older technologies (e.g., custom ActiveX controls), and Microsoft is trying to avoid wreaking havoc on those systems. What this means is that we can expect to see IE for another couple of years at least, even though Microsoft will be pouring more of its creative energy into IE's replacement, codenamed "Project Spartan." (I'm guessing that the individual who came up with that name has an enormous poster of Gerard Butler as Leonidas hanging in his or her office—THIS IS SPARTA).

The Spartan browser represents a great opportunity for Microsoft to get past the negativity surrounding IE, most of which was born over a decade ago and nurtured by dedicated haters over the years. Friends, I was one of those haters. No one decried the evils of IE more than I did, and I haven't willingly used it since I first discovered Firefox about ten years ago.

Despite my misgivings, I'm ready to give Microsoft another chance. Once Internet Explorer is gone, the lives of countless web developers will be much simpler—they won't have to worry about those IE-specific display issues and browser errors that always crop up during a redesign project. There's no reason that Spartan (or whatever they're going to call it) can't be as good as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. In fact, it may even help Microsoft earn the same type of adulation to which their rivals, Apple and Google, have become accustomed.

We'll keep an eye out for early reviews of the new Spartan browser (Windows 10 is expected to launch this summer), and we'll let you know if Microsoft's new product is a rousing success or just another lemon.

In the meantime, I suggest that you call Microsoft Support and suggest some outlandish names for the Project Spartan browser. I, for one, think they should call it "Ruprecht" in honor of Steve Martin's character from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Why? Because it'll make me chuckle every time I see it! Of course, if you've got better ideas, I'm all ears.
 

Sitefinity Version 8.0 Is Now Available

By Karen Rosen
Good news, everyone—Hodgson has just learned that Telerik Sitefinity version 8.0 is now available! The latest release will help you improve marketing effectiveness, build a data-driven personalization strategy, and bring in more teams to collaborate on your global presence.

Here are the highlights:

Introducing Sitefinity Digital Experience Cloud

The Sitefinity Digital Experience Cloud is a brand-new Digital Marketing Command Center that connects, understands, and improves the link between marketing activities and business results. Built-in predictive analytics, marketing attribution, and campaign recommendations enable you build the next generation of experiences to delight members and other target audiences and drive growth. To learn more, contact me at krosen@hodgsonconsult.com.

Enterprise Scalability Features
 
  • Site Sync per site enables you to globally distribute delivery, while centrally managing content creation
  • Taxonomies per site and provider enable you to build a sophisticated information architecture
  • Workflows by provider, language, and site enable you to bring more independent authors and departments into one true global solution
Content Presentation Framework

Sitefinity version 8.0 introduces more than twenty new ASP .NET MVC-based widgets and components, including search, social share, images, galleries, and more.

If you're interested in learning more about the features of this release, please visit the Sitefinity website. If you're an existing Sitefinity customer and are thinking about upgrading, give us a call at 301.942.7040, and we'll help you get the process started.