Lots of great stuff came out of the keynote address at MIX this morning. I plan to go into more detail later after I've had some chance to try out some of these bits, but I want to share what I observed this morning from Ray Ozzie, Scott Guthrie and a whole host of customers. For full coverage, visit the official MIX website and you can see videos, interviews, screen caps and more straight from the horse's mouth. For now, here's my take on what I saw this morning:
Internet Explorer 8
A new version of Internet Explorer was highlighted during the talk (I need one of those IE8 t-shirts, if anyone from the product team is reading this). The focus of IE8 is around standards adoption and performance. The beta is available today from the IE8 web site, so you can play along at home.
Some of the new features include:
This probably got the most cheers from the crowd, which is really exciting because I know a lot of people (including me) have been waiting for this release. There are so many advancements in Silverlight 2 that it's going to take a while to cover them all. Luckily, I've got a few speaking engagements coming up where people are interested in hearing about Silverlight 2, so I'll have a chance to showcase a lot of that during those talks. Anyway - here are some of the highlights (in no particular order):
There are a lot of things to be excited about with the new technologies coming out of Microsoft. Get yourself over to the IE8 beta download site and pick up your copy, and be sure to let us know how you like it. Same thing goes for Silverlight 2 - feedback is an important way for the Microsoft Product Teams to continue to produce great software, and we rely on your input to make it so.