The support enables developers to create apps for a variety of popular devices and platforms without needing to recode large amounts of the software.
The company continues its push to evolve from a PC builder to a seller of electronic devices, announcing new gear based on the 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi standards.
Web community builder TheGlobe.com said it will begin offering live voice chat capabilities using HearMe on its Web publishing services. Using TheGlobe's uPublish tools, home page creators can add voice chats to their sites, allowing visitors to talk to Web publishers using a computer microphone.
Microsoft added features to its Site Builder Network, including a redesigned Site Builder Workshop, a simplified registration process, and a Webzine with feature articles and columns about Web site design and production.
Microsoft has posted a new version of the Internet Explorer 4.01 upgrade on its Site Builder Web site. The patch reduces the size of the IE 4.01 download from 12 MB to 6 MB without losing any of the upgrade's functionality by removing duplicate files, a company spokeswoman said. Microsoft released IE 4.01 early this month to fix bugs and add capabilities for disabled users.