Live from the MIX08 Keynote in Vegas ...

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I'm sitting here live at the MIX08 Keynote and Ray Ozzie has just taken the stage....

RAY Ozzie -  3 guiding principles:

(1) Web is the hub - devices & social mesh - will impact everything we do...

(2) Enterprises will embrace the cloud - commodity applications on commodity hardware - virtualization - utility computing infrastructure...services in the cloud

(3) Loosley coupled systems in the cloud new front-end & back-end skills...deployed over vast arrays of computing infrastructure grids...progressive shift to cloud utility computing...

Really makes your head spin....ever seen the Matrix?

  • Device mesh - connected devices
  • Entertainment mesh - on connected devices XBOX, Zune,
  • Social mesh - media/gaming centric web presence
  • Connected productivity - Office for PC, Mobile, Web - Office Live Workplace
  • Connected Business - Enterprise applications like CRM Live - shift to utility computing, Hyper-V, W2K8, run exchange, Sharepoint, Office Communication Services, BizTalk Services, and now SQL DATA SERVICES
  • Connected Development - .NET family of runtimes, Silverlight, WPF, XNA, Compact Framework

Combining the power of the Internet with the magic of Software....

Scott Guthrie - "The GU!"

  • Shipping later this year -> ASP.NET MVC , ASP.NET AJAX, ASP.NET Dynamic Data
  • First glimpse of Internet Explorer 8 - Dean Hachamovitch
    • CSS 2.0 support
    • Full interoperability compliance
    • Better performance (JScript performance -> 2.5 times better!)
    • Network connectivity notification events - save content locally & intelligently re-connect
    • Developer tools - you can now debug script in the browser
    • Select text (an address ) - right click and get a list of services like Virtual Earth
    • Open Service format specification - EBAY, etc.
    • Users can subscribe to parts of web pages "Web Slices" - like EBAY auction page parts...Facebook
    • WebSlice Markup - developer - adds light weight markup added to the page
    • Beta 1 now available

Silverlight Update:

    • Deployment strategy - partner with great sites and use internally
    • Now at 1.5+ million installations each day...
    • Silverlight 2.0 - Beta 1 now available
    • Focus: Media, RIA, Mobile devices
      • Media - improve HD experience, TCO for video delivery, monetization - Ad revenues
        • Adaptive Streaming - allows SL on client to examine capabilities & pick appropriate bit-rate, can also dynamically switch bit rates....no developer code required...Partnership with Move Networks adaptive stream technology.
        • TCO - Jon Harris
          • Streaming & progressive download scenarios - Windows Media Services now with 3x scalability - FREE on any W2k28 system!
          • Progressive downloads - bit-rate throttling capabilities - IIS7 Media Pack - set-up bit-rate throttle by file type (WMV, MPG, etc.)  Save 50-60% of bandwidth costs for hosting - Also FREE!
          • Business - advertising/monetization capabilities - new Silverlight AD template (Ad creation wizard) with tracking capabilities...deploy via Video.Show (on CodePlex) - has an Ad manager capability....including all tracking types...report screen (impressions, engagement by end users, etc.), Edit playlist - allow skip forward - past the ads..., Expression Encoder 2- marker points - dynamically load-in advertisements - burn advertisements (XAML, bitmaps, etc.) into video.
          • DoubleClick - announcing support for Silverlight 2.0 for in-stream advertisements.
            • NBA - adopted silverlight
            • Shows tracepoints via the DoubleClick SDK - available in Q2
        • The NBC Olympics - MS partner Schematic
          • Major media event - 150 days to start...2200 live hours for 17 days...
          • Make all content available by Video on Demand (VOD)...
          • How to make all this content available to customers - via Silverlight & ensure high-quality video...
          • www.NBCOlympics.com - live streaming & expert commentary...users can rewind the videos!
          • Big Picture 16:9 high quality video picture...alert windows - send emails to have others join...discover new events...see different channels...picture-in-picture capabilities...
          • How about multiple (4) live streams (pictures in pictures - amazing!
          • See what other people are watching...Top 10 videos
        • RIA capabilities:
          • Build applications using any .NET language
          • Rich WPF subset framework
          • Databindng support
          • Rich skinning & styling capabilities
          • Robust Networking stack - including cross-domain & sockets
          • LINQ Support
          • Local Cache - Isolated Storage
          • High Performance
          • Small download - 6-10 second install (4.6 MB)
          • SL Controls - slider, calendar, listbox, datagrid plus 3rd party controls
          • Shipping controls WITH SOURCE!
          • Also shipping Testing framework for unit testing w/ 200 samples
          • The "Dev-igner"
          • Control templates "skinning" capability - similar to WPF
          • Visual Studio 2008 / Expression Blend Support & debugging (Windows & Mac)
          • New tools support for VS2008 & Expression
        • Silverlight Demos:
          • AOL - building next mail client using Silverlight - Silverlight brings MUCH FASTER performance...Personalization - Halo 3 skin - leveraging isolated storage for data repository - faster data scrolling...
          • Hard Rock - memorabilia collection - Sea Dragon - *UBER KEWL*!
            • All memorabilia photographed...
            • They will be Live this week - off HardRock.com
            • MS will also be shipping software to stitch-together photo collections...
          • Aston Martin
            • On-line experience Silverlight website - 360 degree view...change the paint colors...change the interior colors & textures - uses the Silverlight deep-zoom technology..change tires...see the racing version videos...save & store car configurations...
            • In-Store hand-held - WPF application...integration with the Silverlight web version...
            • Now, I know where I'm ordering my new car...
          • HR Business Scenario -

Overall, some very compelling updates - running out of batteries - be back soon!

 

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