Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 26th Jun 2010 10:48 UTC
Internet Explorer Microsoft have released IE9 Platform Preview 3, an application that gives developers access to the IE9 rendering engine (it's not a full browser). In this update they have added hardware accelerated HTML5 Video, Canvas, Fonts (using WOFF) and big improvements in JavaScript with ES5, DOM Traversal, L2 and L3 events and 83/100 Acid3 score. It sits between Firefox and Chrome 6 on JavaScript speed, but outperforms every browser in real tests.
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RE: Not to be persnickety
by Eddyspeeder on Sat 26th Jun 2010 17:15 UTC in reply to "Not to be persnickety"
Eddyspeeder
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The use of "Microsoft have" rather than "Microsoft has" is because of the way collective nouns are treated. Read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_differenc...

The logic is that you wouldn't refer to Microsoft saying, "He has released IE9PP3." Instead, you would say, "They have released IE9PP3." The British take it one step further. They stick to the plural sense at all time, out of consistency:
"[The people who develop IE] have released IE9PP3."
"[They] have released IE9PP3."
"[Microsoft] have released IE9PP3."

Or in short, every time you refer to something that describes several people, even when the noun is singular (band, corporation, team, gang, fanclub, OSNews), you can treat it as plural. So, OSNews have done well. Kroc has done well.

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EDIT: I accidentally wrote "He have released IE9PP3." in the example line. So much for confusion! Haha.

Edited 2010-06-26 17:17 UTC

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