Widespread Panic completed their three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the absolute best way possible. After three nights of deep-digging through their extensive catalogue, the band returned for their final encore on Sunday night sporting “Grease” t-shirts in honor of their fallen friend Col. Bruce Hampton. The triple encore opened with Ain’t Life Grand‘s “Jack,” then featured a Col. Bruce Hampton staple “I’m So Glad,” which had not been played by Widespread Panic since 7/8/03, and closed with a cover of Blind Faith‘s “Can’t Find My Way Home.”Of course, many members of Widespread Panic were present during Col. Bruce Hampton’s 70th birthday celebration at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, when he collapsed on the stage and passed away. It’s become the norm to celebrate the “Godfather of Jam” in live performances since, especially by those who were there for the legendary occasion — but in true Widespread Panic fashion, it took them some time, as their previous festival appearances were just too soon after the unexpected death. Sunday night’s tribute proved exactly why.Jimmy Herring Talks New Band, This Year’s Losses, And The Unknown Future Of PanicIn honor of the Hampton Grease Band, the entire Widespread Panic crew wore the shirts. Photograph by Josh Timmermans of Noble Visions on WSP Facebook.Earlier in the evening, the show was highlighted by “Gelleon” in the first set, which had not been played since 7/21/01, and an Allman Brothers Band‘s “Mountain Jam” tease during “Rebirtha.” During the second set, Panic brought back “E on a G,” which had not been played since 11/16/01.Watch “I’m So Glad,” as recorded by MrTopdogger:Enjoy the first-set opener, “A of D,” below, courtesy of nugs.tv:You can also watch the second-set opener, “Greta,” below:Setlist: Widespread Panic | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/26/17I: A of D, Tall Boy, Shut Up And Drive > You Got Yours, Galleon*, Airplane > Take Off Jam > Rebirtha (with Mountain Jam tease) > Wondering, Good People, NorthII: Greta > All Time Low, Can’t Get High, Conrad, Saint Ex, Driving Song > Papa’s Home > Goin’ Out West > Pilgrims > Driving Song, Last Dance > E on a G^^ > Last DanceE: Jack, I’m So Glad^^^, Can’t Find My Way HomeNotes:*Last time played 7/21/01^with Mountain Jam tease^^Last time played 11/16/01^^^Last time played 7/8/03[Cover photo by Josh Timmermans on WSP Facebook]
Recently, I needed to cancel a line on my cell phone. I logged into my account and “cancel a line” was not one of the transactions I could do myself. However, a chat window popped up and promised me help and let me know that I was in the queue. The notification went further and told me that as long as the chat window was open, I would remain in queue for the next available agent. Great news! I could do a few other things while waiting. So, I did just that and kept my eye on the chat window. Instead of seeing a nice little message from the chat person asking how they could help, which I expected, I saw a notice pop up that I was being timed out for inactivity. I had to log in again to get back into the queue. Little Annoyances Lead to Big, Bad ImpressionsIt wasn’t a horrible experience but certainly an annoyance that took more of my time than I would have liked. The experience was a mismatch of perception and reality. The company set my expectations to perceive that as long as the window was open, I was actively waiting. The reality of what actually happened was very different leaving me feeling this is a company that doesn’t value my time. Is your credit union, even in little ways, doing that to your members as well? Are you promising it will work one way, but it actually works differently? Your members’ perception is your reality. Your members might initially just feel annoyed at their interaction with you, but over time, annoyance leads to the impression that it’s hard to do business with your credit union. Prioritize the Member Experience in 2020As you prepare for the new year, drafting budgets, finalizing strategic initiatives and writing the business plan, it’s time to be honest about the promises you are making to your members. Are you setting expectations that don’t match the delivery of the experience? Here are three actions to incorporate into your 2020 initiatives that will help you deliver on your promises, avoid annoying your members and create positive impressions of what it means to be a member of your credit union:Understand Your Members’ Behavior: Do a little research before deciding how you’ll promote your products and services and in what channels for 2020. Understand how your members use your checking accounts, pay their bills and receive their paychecks. Also, understand how your members interact with you. Do your members come into a branch, use your mobile app, read email on their phones or at a desktop? Gathering this information on member behavior will help you align your experiences with your members’ expectations. Evaluate the Experience: Get a handle on the actual experience you are providing and make changes so the delivery matches your promise. Identify those member experience pain points by going through your various delivery channels. Establish an experience team to walk through your website and see if your processes match your description. Have your new employees call the contact center and ask how to become a member or apply for a loan. Sometimes the smallest changes can lead to big impacts. If my chat window from the cell phone provider had actually stayed open, I would have been completely happy with my experience.Take Action on What You Learn: Communicate to your members that experience is a priority and that you want to hear from them. Use your enewsletter and the news section on your website, for example, to tell members that you want to not only meet their expectations but exceed them and that you’ll be sending surveys and providing avenues for them to communicate with you about their experiences. Throughout the year continue the dialogue and tell them what you learned, how you are going to improve and outline the changes you are going to make. Most of us choose options that will help us avoid hassle, annoyance and anxiety. As you look to 2020, bring your member experience into focus and seek out ways to make the expectations and the realities match. Your attention to even the small aspects of the experience you provide will make a big, positive impression on your members. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryn C. Conway Bryn C. Conway, offers more than 15 years of experience as a former credit union executive with extensive background in strategic planning, brand development, member experience, retail delivery and public … Web: https://www.bccstrategies.com Details
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Internationals Gemma Clews and India Clyburn will represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play championship. The 54-hole event takes place from 24-26 April on the Portland and Old courses at Royal Troon. The team event is played alongside the individual competition, with both scores counting in each round. Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire, Image © Leaderboard Photography) has recently retained her title in the Delamere Comboy scratch tournament at her home club. India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) won a host of titles in 2014, including the English girls’ championship and the England Golf girls’ order of merit. The team reserve is Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire). All three players were in the England team which beat France in the run-up to the French U21 championship. They are all members of England Golf squads. 14 Apr 2015 Internationals target team title
21 Dec 2016 Three internationals to challenge in South Africa English amateur champion Dan Brown and fellow internationals Josh Hilleard and James Walker will represent England on a tour of South Africa in February and early March. The players, all members of the England Men’s squad, will compete in four tournaments during their visit. The events are: – The South African stroke play championship at Kingswood Golf Estate, George; 7-10 February 2017 – The Cape Province Open at George Golf Club and Oubaai Golf Club, George; 14-16 February 2017 – The South African Amateur at Humewood Golf Club, Port Elizabeth; 19-24 February 2017 – The African Amateur stroke play championship at Leopard Creek Golf Estate, near Malelane, from 28 February to 3 March 2017 The players: Dan Brown, 22, (Masham, Yorkshire) won the 2016 English amateur championship at Ganton, becoming the third Yorkshireman in a row to hold the title. He also won the North of England amateur. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Josh Hilleard, 21, (Farrington Park, Somerset) was third on the English Men’s Order of Merit after winning four events, and helping England to beat France, win the Costa Ballena quadrangular tournament and take second place in the Colombian International. James Walker, 22, (The Oaks, Yorkshire) helped England beat France in their biennial international, won the Selborne Salver, reached the semi-finals of the Spanish amateur and had a string of top ten finishes in prestigious events.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Game, set, and now MATCH, as three time Eclipse champion Beholder and last year’s 3-year-old Filly Eclipse winner, Stellar Wind will meet for the third time this Saturday at Santa Anita in the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes, final steppingstone to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff and a likely engagement with the undefeated Songbird.With 6-year-old Beholder prevailing by 1 ½ lengths in their initial encounter in the Grade I Vanity Mile June 4, Stellar Wind evened the score with an authoritative half length win in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Clement Hirsch on July 30, thus setting up a best out of three scenario on Saturday among a field of five fillies and mares three and up. STELLAR WIND: Fresh and razor sharp, this 4-year-old daughter of Curlin could be sitting on a career-best effort for owner Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler. Idle since defeating Beholder on July 30, she seeks her fourth win from five local starts and her seventh overall from 11 career tries. Drawn outside in the Zenyatta five-pack, look for Stellar Wind to be handled aggressively by regular rider Victor Espinoza as he’ll no doubt be intent on applying significant early heat to Beholder. Originally based in Maryland and purchased privately by Hronis Racing in December, 2014, she’ll be making her ninth start for Sadler in the Zenyatta. BEHOLDER: Unarguably one of racing’s all-time great distaffers, the mighty Beholder comes off a non-threatening second place finish behind California Chrome in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 20. Dispatched at odds of 3-1 versus six males, Beholder, who won the Pacific Classic in 2015, was deftly handled by regular rider Gary Stevens, as he saw no point in over extending the Richard Mandella stable star, suggesting she should have “plenty in the tank” for Saturday’s showdown with Stellar Wind. Fast, but tractable early, Beholder has been virtually invincible at Santa Anita, as she’s won 13 out of her 14 starts here. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, LLC, Beholder is seeking a record fourth consecutive Zenyatta win and her 18th overall victory from 24 lifetime starts. She has amassed earnings of $4,996,600. ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES THE GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 9 (of 11) Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PST Off the Road–Tiago Pereira–121Beholder–Gary Stevens–125Vale Dori–Rafael Bejarano–121Tara’s Tango–Martin Garcia–123Stellar Wind–Victor Espinoza–125First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 p.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
This recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon is adapted from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”3 lbs beef chuck roast, cut into large pieces1 large yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped Several strips of bacon, sautéed2 cloves mashed garlic1 bottle good red wine, preferably burgundy1 tablespoon tomato paste1 bay leaf 1 pound button mushrooms, quartered and sautéed in butter2 tablespoons butter1/3 cup flour1. Dry the …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — The threat that has been building throughout the spring and summer is finally imminent.A major winter freeze and snowstorm looms for the northern Midwest, where many corn and soybean fields have yet to reach maturity. See the DTN story here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….Once the front passes, growers with freeze-damaged immature crops will face a host of harvest challenges. Experts recommend that growers in this situation prioritize freeze-damaged fields for harvest, adjust combine settings carefully and plan for high-moisture, low-quality grain.DTN digs into each of those factors here, with help from Michigan State University Extension Soybean Educator Mike Staton and Iowa State University Extension Croppings Systems Specialist Mark Licht.HARVEST PRIORITIESGrowers with very late-planted soybean fields may need to take the time to assess if their field is still worth harvesting for grain after a freeze, Staton said.“The conventional wisdom from agronomists is that if soybeans are in the R6 growth stage at the time of the freeze, they are salvageable,” he said. “Before then, they are likely not.” See more on that topic here: https://www.pioneer.com/….For salvageable soybean fields, as well as cornfields, prioritizing freeze-damaged crops for harvest will be essential, Staton and Licht both stressed. While the immature crops will almost certainly be higher moisture than preferred, the risk of letting the damaged grain stand in the field may quickly outpace the inconvenience of wetter grain.“The longer we leave freeze-damaged corn in the field, the greater in-field loss will be,” Licht said. “You’ll start seeing things like lodging and ear drop increase.”As soybeans sit through wetting and drying cycles of normal fall weather, their seed pods become more brittle and prone to shattering, Staton added. Waiting for green soybeans to dry out and mature in the field puts growers at high risk for losing yield from more mature soybean plants in the field, he warned. Staton recommends harvesting freeze-damaged soybean fields at moisture levels as high as 16% to 18%, if necessary.ADJUST COMBINE SETTINGS CAREFULLYHarvesting freeze-damaged grain requires combine adjustments. First, if large amounts of wet snow sit on top of corn and soybean fields for more than a few hours, lodging will be a near certainty, both scientists noted. See more on harvesting lodged corn and soybeans from the University of Minnesota here: https://blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu/….Growers who rush to the field to get freeze-damaged corn out may also face tougher, greener stalks, Licht said. Cobs will be wetter and more easily broken, so growers may need to adjust their cylinder speeds carefully. They may also need to adjust their settings to account for lighter weight corn kernels that didn’t have enough time to fill, he added. See more From Purdue University here: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/….Freeze-damaged soybean fields will likely hold a mix of green soybeans and mature soybeans, added Staton. “So you want to have your settings such that you can thresh the immature beans out of their pods without smashing them or crushing them,” he said. “That’s a challenge and relies on two settings: the clearance setting and the rotor speed, or cylinder speed.”A good rule of thumb for all soybean harvesting, but especially with green-stemmed or lodged soybeans, is maintaining the cutter bar carefully, Staton added. “All knife sections need to be sharp and tight and the guards — which are commonly overlooked — have to be aligned properly,” he said. “Think of it like a pair of scissors — if one blade is sharp, but the other side is dull, it won’t cut!”PREPARE FOR HIGH-MOISTURE, LOW-QUALITY GRAINImmature corn and soybean plants hit by a freeze can have significantly higher moisture contents. Corn in the beginning dent stages, for example, can have moisture levels from 40% to 60%, Licht noted. Soybeans in the beginning of the R7 stage can be running at moisture levels of 50% to 60%.To add to the issue, daily grain-drying rates drop sharply in the Cornbelt as the days shorten and turn cool in October. That means mechanical drying will be necessary for most growers with freeze-damaged fields. For more details on the challenges of harvesting wet, immature grain this fall, see this DTN article: https://www.dtnpf.com/….Quality issues are also likely. Prematurely killed corn kernels will be much lower test weight and more prone to spoiling in storage, Licht noted. “We’re talking about test weights below 52 pounds per bushel and maybe even in the mid-40s,” he warned. Immature, freeze-killed kernels may also have lower protein content, which can make them less desirable as livestock feed, he added.Licht urged growers not to mingle their low test-weight, freeze-damaged corn with better-quality corn. “If you put them together, you risk losing quality on your higher-test-weight corn,” he warned. “I would recommend taking freeze-damaged corn to a point of sale immediately, since its storability will be much lower.”If you must store it, dry it down farther than normal, as low as 13%, to account for the moisture gradient that exists in immature kernels and to help limit spoilage, Licht added. “In a wetter kernel, there is greater difference in moisture between the outside and the middle of the kernel,” he explained. “If you shell immature corn and test it, it will test 1% to 2% lower than it actually is, because that test is not capturing higher moisture content in the middle of the kernel.”See more details on options for selling or using freeze-damaged corn here from North Dakota State University: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/….Freeze-damaged soybeans are more likely to have a thinner, more fragile seed coat and lower vigor and shouldn’t be harvested for seed use, Staton said. Immature, green soybeans also pose a problem for end-users, as they can affect the color and quality of the soybean oil. Growers can face hefty dockages or have loads rejected for a high percentage of green beans.If possible, Staton recommends trying to store and aerate green soybeans to remove the color. As with corn, the recommendation is to dry immature soybeans down lower than usual to 12%, as green soybeans can distort moisture readings.“Try to dry them down to 12%, put them in a bin with aeration and store them for about two months,” Staton said. “The green color may fade and your dockage should be much lower after that.” See more on handling freeze-damaged soybeans from Staton here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/…, as well as other late-season soybean problems here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/….For a comprehensive look at harvesting, drying and storing freeze-damaged corn and soybeans, see this guide from Purdue University: https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee.(PSSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A “note” in Evernote can be text only, or it can include photos, audio or other attachments. Notes come with some metadata like date and time, and mobile notes also grab your precise location. You can also add metadata like the URL from which you grabbed some bit of Web content or the author of the stuff you’re saving.Evernote allows for two levels of organization of individual notes. Notes can be grouped together inside notebooks, and notebooks can be combined into a stack.There are also a couple of tricks. You can tag notes, which lets you create associations between notes within a notebook or in different notebooks. You can also save searches, which allows you to quickly find all notes containing multiple specific tags, or just the ones that contain a specific word or phrase.And if the core capabilities of Evernote aren’t enough for you, there are all kinds of applications built on top of it to extend the service.So Evernote is clearly powerful. But what can you do with it?Evernote Is Your Digital Desk DrawerI learned to organize a computer’s storage drive based on the metaphor of a “desktop.” The digital desktop might be a foreign concept to kids who are born today, but it still applies. If the stuff on my computer is on my desktop, then Evernote is my desk drawers. It’s the place I organize and stash stuff I need so it’s out of the way but accessible any time.That’s still too vague. Here’s what I really do with it. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market I recently set up IFTTT triggers to watch these two Instagram feeds and save my photos to Evernote automatically. There’s a bug on IFTTT’s side that causes these notes not to display thumbnails in Evernote, which is annoying, but IFTTT says it’s working on fixing it. “Clips” is a stack I use for articles I’ve written that I want to save for posterity. The Evernote Web Clipper is pretty great about preserving the exact formatting of a Web page in an Evernote note, so I grab the posts I want to save with that. Inside the “Clips” stack, I have a notebook from every site I publish to, plus one for miscellaneous clips. “Culture” is where I keep lists of books, images, movies and music I want to keep track of. I’m sure I’ll add more notebooks to this stack as I think of more types of media. For the most part, the notes in here are names of individual books, films, albums or whatever that I need to visit or revisit. “Home” is a big one. I keep track of my work and finance documents here, as well as errands, recipes and manuals, people (and Evernote Hello contacts), and other various domestic things. Since some sensitive information is kept here, I take advantage of Evernote’s cool ability to encrypt highlighted text, so it asks for a password before anyone can view it. I passcode-lock sensitive PDFs before I put them in Evernote.Finally, as I mentioned in my Uber-Geek’s Guide to Reading Online, I use Evernote to archive the Web articles I want to keep around forever. The “Library” stack contains notebooks named for the various genres of things I read. I clip articles to it in a variety of ways described in the guide. My hope is that this will let me read the digital writings I love long after their Web links break. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting First, I created an “@Inbox” notebook. I came up with this on my own, but I vastly improved the idea with a trick I learned from Brett Kelly’s helpful e-book, Evernote Essentials: I added the @ glyph to the name. The @ symbol makes sure that the Inbox stays at the top of the notebooks in alphabetical order.I set @Inbox as my default notebook, so when I send anything to Evernote and don’t have the time to file it, it ends up in @Inbox. This is especially crucial for quick, mobile tasks. That way, I can make a note quickly and put my phone away, and when I’m back on the desktop, I can do the organizing later.I have created seven stacks for categories of digital stuff broad enough to cover just about everything. If I need a miscellaneous notebook for something that doesn’t fit, it goes in a stack called “Archive.” In my desk metaphor, stacks are the drawers. Here are a couple examples to give you a sense of what constitutes a whole stack and what makes for a specific notebook.My Notebook Stacks“Archive” is a catch-all place for notes that need no other category, but I also use it for pure storage, as opposed to notes I’m changing and editing constantly.I decided to use Evernote to archive all my Instagram photos as well as those I like. I think it’s important to have this backup, because Instagram doesn’t let you scroll all the way back in your likes history, and moreover, who knows how long Instagram will be around. Evernote shows thumbnails of images attached to notes, so this is a nice way to browse. Evernote is many things to many people because it’s so powerful. But for the same reason, Evernote’s purpose is vague enough that it can be hard to get started with it. First, you have to figure out what it can do for you. Here’s a guide to how to think about Evernote, so you can get better at using it.What Is Evernote?Evernote is an application that lets you create notes that sync between all your devices. On your desktop, all your notes are files on your computer that can be easily found using the operating system’s file management features. On touchscreen devices, Evernote’s standalone app lets you view and edit all your notes as well as capture new ones using text, camera or microphone. It’s also in the browser, letting you clip things from the Web straight into your notebooks.Evernote has amazing search powers. Not only can it find notes that contain text, it uses optical character recognition on images, so you can just take pictures of text (receipts, signs, papers, anything), and Evernote will be able to find it for you.The free version is already pretty powerful, but for $45.00 per year, you can upload up to 1GB per month, attach up to 50MB of just about anything to an individual note, you can go back in time and view past versions of notes, search inside PDFs and more. My favorite premium feature is offline notebooks. You can access and edit notes without an Internet connection, and any changes you make will sync when you’re back online. Tags:#How To#web Related Posts Tags & Saved SearchesI use tags sparingly. I don’t want to get too lost in them. I have a couple of projects that need greater organization than the two layers Evernote provides. Basically, within one notebook, I need to mark some notes as to-do and some notes as done, so I use tags for that. Another good example is “errands,” which I use for any note that contains a task I have to do, which can be in any category.The rarest thing I need to do is save a search, but I do that sometimes. Right now, I’m preparing for Burning Man, so I saved the search for any note that is tagged Burning Man and errands, so I can quickly jump to only those tasks. When Burning Man is over, I’ll delete that search.Extend Evernote With Other AppsThe Evernote app is good enough for most general tasks, but there are many things to capture with Evernote that are much improved by a tailor-made interface. The best example is Evernote’s own standalone moble app, Hello, which provides a quick and easy interface for remembering people you meet.Hello guides you through entering some contact info and taking a quick picture, and then it creates a nicely formatted Evernote note in a notebook of your choice (I use one called “People” in my “Home” stack). These can even be linked to your phone’s address book through the standalone Hello app.But third-party developers have also built some excellent Evernote integrations. Read-later apps Pocket and Instapaper let you send articles straight into Evernote. On my iPhone, I use Drafts to jot down text notes in the fastest possible way, then send them to Evernote. I also use EverClip, an iPhone app that can run in the background and pack up anything you copy to your clipboard on your phone for easy sending to Evernote.Why Use Evernote?The reasons to use Evernote instead of other solutions are numerous, but there are two big ones. Evernote makes a point of building client applications for every device and platform it can. So if you get used to storing things in Evernote, you don’t have to worry about switching hardware or operating systems.But the most important reason I moved my stuff into Evernote is the company’s ambition. Evernote wants to last 100 years, and you can see that in its priorities.It sometimes seems to work harder on its back-end service and infrastructure than on making its apps better, but that’s okay. In 20 years, I won’t care what the Evernote iPad app was like, but I will certainly care that my notes still work and look the way I intended them to. Evernote is building forward compatibility with future platforms we haven’t imagined.Dropbox is great for cross-platform syncing, but you have to stack together your own collection of other applications for creating and editing documents in it. Google Drive has powerful Google Docs applications (on desktop and Android), and it has optical character recognition and image recognition in its search, but I don’t trust that Google will build all those capabilities for every platform, and I don’t want to be forced to use Android.I think Evernote is the only service building exactly what I want: An outboard brain for digital information that’s built to last. jon mitchell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… After a month’s head start of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 users, Windows 7 users may be seeing their own IE 10 release as early as Tuesday, if rumors from Chinese blog iFanr have any validity. But will Microsoft’s staggered release plan just cause more headaches for Web developers?iFanr appears to cite Microsoft’s IE Director of Marketing Roger Capriotti as the source for the named date, though Microsoft is not confirming or denying what it terms rumors and speculation. The date for the Preview Release would sync up to earlier reports of a Windows 7 version coming out in mid-November, after disappointing Web users and developers with a missing IE 10 for Windows 7 when the Windows 8 operating system rolled out with IE 10 on Oct. 26.It will be interesting to see how IE 10 will be worked for the Windows 7 platform. Its interface and functionality has most definitely shot for the tablet target – a target that Microsoft very much wants to hit as it seeks to shove its way into the burgeoning tablet market.Given that Windows 7 users are likely not going to be using it on tablets, a lot of that functionality will probably be absent in IE 10 for Windows 7. What will be included is the controversial Do Not Track feature, likely activated by default. Do Not Track has done little more than poke the advertisers’ hornet nest with a sharp stick.Do Not Track?The Digital Advertising Alliance has already announced that it will not honor Do Not Track in IE 10 because, its rationale goes, there’s no way website developers can tell whether Do Not Track was actually turned on by the user or by Microsoft. Microsoft’s approach to Do Not Track has ticked off a lot of people, including Apache Web Server developer Roy Fielding who actually submitted a patch to Apache that would also ignore IE 10’s Do Not Track feature back in September.Since there aren’t that many Windows 8 machines out yet, there hasn’t been a lot of squabbling about IE 10 yet. But given that Microsoft’s Auto Update feature will eventually upgrade almost all IE users to IE 10 on Windows 7, that’s about to change. Advertisers will no doubt raise a stink again and those users who would really like Do Not Track to be honored will start getting loud about the problem once the final version of IE 10 hits the Web.End of The Line For IE on Windows XP And VistaUsers of Windows XP and Vista won’t have to worry about any of this, by the way: Microsoft is not planning on IE 10 supporting those versions of Windows. IE 9 is as high as Vista can go and IE 8 is the upper limit for XP users.Cross-browser web development has always been less than fun for Web developers, who have to choose between taking advantage of the latest browser capabilities and making their sites viewable for as many incoming browsers as possible. And then they have to choose which browsers to target. The latest versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox and IE are the default bets – as well as key older versions that still retain big user bases.With the deliberate freeze of IE at version 8 on Windows XP and v9 on Vista machines, Microsoft may be making cross-browser development just a little bit harder. According to StatCounter, 34.23% of machines in the world were running Windows XP and Vista in October 2012, compared to 52.93% running Windows 7. That’s a lot of machines that will be stuck in increasing obsolencense.Clearly, Microsoft’s plan is to encourage users to upgrade those older machines to at least Windows 7, but Web developers will be stuck in the middle of this widening gap between old and new until the market share for the older machines drops into the neighborhood of “we-don’t-care-anymore” percent.Microsoft has clearly decided that IE 10 is where the line of demarcation will be drawn, and Web developers will just have to cope. How long the pain will last will be up to millions of users’ stubborn insistence on holding on to older versions of Windows.Image courtesy of Microsoft. Related Posts Tags:#Browsers brian proffitt