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[3]: Not to be persnickety
by Eddyspeeder on Sun 27th Jun 2010 11:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not to be persnickety"
Eddyspeeder
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2006-05-10

I do see your point. "Microsoft Corporation" is a single legal entity or juridical individual. So in that context, I think it is even better to refer to it in a singular sense.

It is these types of ambiguities that have warranted the use of the singular form, which is also a form of consistency. The rule of thumb I use myself is: "if I would replace the noun with a description of what it conveys, is the description singular or plural?"
Example:
"[The legal entity] has issued more shares."
"Microsoft has issued more shares." (singular)
"[The group of IE devs] have released IE9PP3."
"Microsoft have released IE9PP3." (plural)

The use of a singular sense has even expanded to plural nouns, such as "data", the plural form of "datum". Merriam-Webster provide a clear explanation with "usage": http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/data

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