Summary of PDC 09 Announcements

Here’s a quick list of announcements made at the PDC 09.

Public Beta of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office Web Apps, Office Mobile

Earlier this year Microsoft introduced the technical preview program for Microsoft Office 2010, the next version of Microsoft Office and related products, which are designed to deliver the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser; help people work better together; and give them new capabilities to bring their ideas to life with text, video and images.

Following the successful technical preview program, today at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) Microsoft is unveiling the public beta of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office Web Apps for businesses and Office Mobile 2010.

Read more … http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/nov09/11-18PDCKurtDelBene.mspx

Microsoft Announces the Commercial Availability of Windows Azure @ PDC 2009

http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure/archive/2009/07/14/confirming-commercial-availability-and-announcing-business-model.aspx

Microsoft Codename “Dallas” Information Service

Christian Liensberger, Moe Khosravy and Microsoft introduces a new information service, Microsoft Codename “Dallas,” also available through Pinpoint and built completely on the Windows Azure platform that enables developers and users to access premium commercial and reference datasets and content on any platform. Datasets currently available through “Dallas” include those from the Associated Press, Citysearch, DATA.gov, ESRI, First American Corp., infoUSA.com Inc., NASA, National Geographic TOPO!, NAVTEQ, RiskMetrics Group, the United Nations, WaveMarket Inc. and Weather Central Inc. Starting today, “Dallas” is available as a limited community technology preview (CTP).

Read more - https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Charles/Introducing-Dallas/

Microsoft announced the rebranding of ADO.NET Data Services as WCF Data Services and .NET RIA Services as WCF RIA Services

http://blogs.msdn.com/endpoint/archive/2009/11/18/the-wcf-services-ecosystem.aspx

WCF Interoperability Highlighted at PDC and ApacheCon

At PDC this week we had a booth to showcase the interoperability that WCF gives you through its support for the WS-* protocols.  In particular, we highlighted an Apache incubator project called Stonehenge.  At Stonehenge we work together with a growing list of WS-* vendors (WSO2, Sun, SpringSource, and soon Progress) to build samples and prove out interoperability between the stacks.

Read more - http://blogs.msdn.com/endpoint/archive/2009/11/21/wcf-interoperability-highlighted-at-pdc-and-apachecon.aspx

BingMaps Silverlight Control v1

The Bing Maps Platform brings location data to life by making it easier to visualize, understand, and analyze. The rich imagery, quality geospatial data, and leading-edge technology of Bing Maps is already being used by thousands of organizations, governments, and developers worldwide. Now, with this latest release, it's more powerful, faster, and easier to get started, due to improvements in three fundamental areas:

UNPRECEDENTED INNOVATION - Bing Maps now includes a Silverlight Control, so that the rich, multimedia benefits native to Silverlight, like embedded video, can now be integrated into Bing Maps.

Read More - http://www.microsoft.com/maps/resources/news.aspx

Availability of Silverlight v4 Beta

“Today, at the PDC in Los Angeles, Scott Guthrie announced the availability of Silverlight 4 beta, just four months after bringing Silverlight 3 to market. With the help of several customers we showcased the new features that will enable developers to create the highest quality media and RIA applications for the Web and desktop. These powerful new features offer developers significant benefits in rapidly creating rich software experiences, and include

- Enhancements to Silverlight out-of-browser capabilities which enable high quality application experiences on the desktop

- Advancements in business application development, including access to other Microsoft products like SharePoint 2010, Office, and Internet Information Services (IIS)

- The most amazing HD-quality video experiences on the Web with native multicast and offline DRM support.

In addition, our list of customers and HD streaming events continues to grow, with 45 percent of Internet-connected devices worldwide using Silverlight. Today we highlighted the diverse ways Silverlight is being used to power the applications we use every day such as, Portland, OR startup SnapFlow, who demonstrated their new workflow-making platform. We’re also looking forward to helping NBC broadcast the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games in HD-quality video with Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming on NBCOlympics.com beginning February 12, 2010”.

A nice surprise during Scott Guthrie keynote was also the demo of IIS SmoothStreaming enabled on iPhone (a first), for those of you with iPhones (I am sure for competitive purpose only J) you can actually stream the Big Bucks Bunny movie on iPhone. This is a key scenario for M&E companies and Mobile Media distribution.

Read More - http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/nov09/11-18pdc2pr.mspx

 

Channel 9 Launches Silverlight 4 Training Course Today – Silverlight 4 Training Site

The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes hands-on-labs, a video and a whitepaper designed to help you learn about the new features in Silverlight 4 focusing on three major areas: Enabling Business Application Development, Empowering Richer Experiences and Moving Beyond the Browser. Some of the new highly anticipated features include Printing, WebCam and Microphone support, custom right-click, rich text, HTML support and access to local files with trusted applications.

Read More - https://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/Silverlight4/

 

Release of “Silverlight Media Framework (SMF)” for Structured Media Player Development

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Microsoft is releasing a beta of the open-source Silverlight Media Framework (SMF) on Codeplex, enabling developers to quickly deploy a robust, scalable, customizable media player for IIS Smooth Streaming delivery. The Silverlight Media Frameworks builds on the core functionality of the Smooth Streaming Player SDK. 

SMF is built on a proven code base with dozens of leading Smooth Streaming deployments, including Wimbledon, Sunday Night Football on NBC Sports, the UEFA Super Cup on Canal+, Roland Garros and the Tour de France on France Télévision and many others and by making it available via open-source any developer can more easily build these experiences for their deployments. Key features in the framework include DVR, rewind, alternate language tracks, in-stream data feeds and analytics tracking. The SMF is designed for future third-party extensibility and component modularity, as well as support for other media delivery scenarios beyond Smooth Streaming. The SMF is specifically targeted at Media & Entertainment companies to start with, therefore it would be great to start discussing this with your M&E Accounts.

Silverlight Media Framework (SMF) on Codeplex -http://smf.codeplex.com/

SMF is built on a proven code base with dozens of leading Smooth Streaming deployments, including Wimbledon, Sunday Night Football on NBCSports, the UEFA Super Cup on Canal+, Roland Garros and the Tour de France on France Télévisions and many others and by providing developers with source code they can more easily build these experiences for their deployments. Key features in the framework include DVR, rewind, alternate language tracks, in-stream data feeds and analytics tracking. The SMF is designed for future third-party extensibility and component modularity, as well as support for other media delivery scenarios beyond Smooth Streaming.

IE 9: First Look at the New JS Engine

The IE team is busy working on the next version of the world's most popular browser. IE 8 is the most widely used browser on Windows. IE 9 is currently in the oven and the IE team is ready to talk about what they're working on. Here, JavaScript engine team members John Montgomery, Steve Lucco and Shanku Niyogi give us an early look at the new JS engine that will ship with IE 9.

Read More - https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Charles/IE-9-First-look-at-the-new-JS-Engine/

Microsoft Surface SDK Workstation Edition

At PDC this week, we announced the broad availability of the Microsoft Surface SDK Workstation Edition. Now anyone interested in developing collaborative, engaging massive multi-touch, multi-user experiences for Surface can easily access the software at no cost through surface.com.

We have launched the following new pieces and we will be decommissioning the private Community site over the next few months:

· Surface Web site (www.surface.com)

o New Technical Resources section so prospective and existing customers and partners can quickly connect to the resources they need to learn more about Surface or get support on issues.

· MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com)

o New Microsoft Surface section of the MSDN Library (under .NET Development), providing the Surface SDK documentation and other topics about developing Surface applications.

o New Surface-specific forums about designing and developing Surface applications.

· TechNet (http://technet.microsoft.com)

o New Microsoft Surface section of the TechNet Library (under Products and Technologies), describing the basics of the Surface software and hardware and how to set up, customize, troubleshoot, and maintain Surface units.

o New Surface-specific forums about the Surface software platform, hardware, and applications.

· Microsoft Download center (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads)

o All Surface downloads , including the Surface SDK Workstation Edition, applications, documentation, and any software fixes.