Well, it was great being in Vegas a week ago - it was a great event and there were some pretty cool announcements that were very compelling.  The Guy Kawasaki / Steve Ballmer interview was priceless.

if you are focusing on RIA web development, I attended some really great sessions below at MIX08.  You can review these sessions and many more at http://sessions.visitmix.com/

Here are a few good critical links if you're to get started:

  • Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Runtime
  • Silverlight 2 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 and SDK
  • Source Code / Unit Tests for Silverlight 2 Controls
  • Expression Studio 2 Beta (Blend, Design, Encoder, Media, and Web)
  • Expression Blend 2.5 March 2008 Preview
  • Expression DeepZoom Composer
  • ASP.NET MVC Preview 2
  • I'd thought I'd wrap-up this post with a few choice photos from the event:

    Crowded at the Keynote - the singers voice from the opening act sounded exactly like Johnny Cash...

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    The Surface demo station was way cool...got some cool video for Silverlight later...

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    The XBOX 360 Rock Band Competition was fierce - I'm now 2/2 for Elvis sightings in Vegas...

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    The Hard Rock Silverlight 2.0 Memorabilia Demo at http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/ with Deep-Zoom was simply amazing!

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    And, of course, it was great to catch-up with some old friends...

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