This is the first on an n part post series about my personal thoughts on this year's MIX based on notes I took during the conference (and, no, I don't know the value of n yet). Let's start with the keynote on the first day which was a great kickoff with Ray Ozzie, Scott Guthrie and Dean Hachamovitch sharing the stage. While Ray was talking about where Microsoft and the industry as a whole are heading (and I won't even try to summarize that part of the keynote because Ray's speeches are better without a middleman) Scott and Dean presented the latest Microsoft technologies that are of interest to the MIX crowd.
Internet Explorer 8
IE 8 which is now available for download as a beta is probably the first version of IE that really got me excited because of the features the IE team has added to the browser as well as the great work they are doing in order for IE 8 to be standards compliant. In detail:
The first beta of Silverlight is now available for download as well and contains tons of improvements compared to the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha. Also, many samples and articles about the new beta release have been published on the web already (for example on the Showcase site on Silverlight.net) so I'll point out some facts that I think deserve more attention:
Last but not least I want to mention that I watched the keynote live in an overflow room and yet there was a lot of applause from the people in that room despite the fact that the speakers on stage could not hear it.
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