Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant technology advancement in Rich Internet Application (RIA) platform development.
This announcement was significant on many levels from my perspective.
Check out the Mix08 site for more details, including the keynote.
Some of the coolest things I saw were:
One other note. I watched the keynote live from my desktop and I couldn't help but wonder how the audience could sit their so quietly when so many cool things were being shown on real bits. We aren't talking vapor or demo-ware here. I haven't been directly involved in the SL development effort and granted I work at Microsoft so I likely bring some bias, and I guess I am more excitable than your average person about where we landed on the ability to develop applications in a very compatible way from devices to Web to Rich Client applications (and maybe I had some influence) but can someone tell me why the audience was not as engaged. I mean, PIP - come on people, that's cool stuff! In any event, as a developer/consumer I am thrilled, as a contributor I am proud, and as a user I don't expect I will leave my DVI flat panel dual monitors during the Olympics.
I would love to get your thoughts on where we hit or missed the mark. Enjoy!