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Here are the headlines from keynotes this morning at Professional Developers Conference (PDC09).
For native Windows developers, Win32 investments include support for Windows Touch, Sensors & Location API, Device Experience Platform, Windows Web Services, and the ability to take full advantage of ever more capable hardware – richest, most performant user experience with DX11.
For managed code developers, .NET and Silverlight provide a rich set of UI capabilities to make developers more productive than ever before. Later today, Scott Guthrie announced the public beta of Silverlight 4, expanding the possibilities for a cross-platform runtime with a full set of improved controls and full tooling support in Visual Studio 2010 and Expression.
Web developers writing HTML are first-class citizens in the Microsoft stack. We continue to advance Web standards through the work with the W3C and the HTML5 working group, which Microsoft co-chairs.
Scott Guthrie announces the public beta of Silverlight 4, only four months after delivering Silverlight 3. The beta can be downloaded at http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/silverlight-4-beta.
Guthrie noted that the newest version of Silverlight includes features such as these:
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.
Steven Sinofsky profiles how developers can take advantage of the unique software and hardware innovations fueled by Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 to build compelling computing experiences for customers. Sinofsky also shared an early look at some of the work under way on Internet Explorer 9, highlighting advancements in performance and interoperable standards, as well as advancements such as using DirectX to bring the full power of the PC to the Web experience.
Kurt DelBene announces the release of the public betas of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 and Office Web Apps for business customers. The 2010 release is designed to give people the best productivity experience across PCs, phones and browsers. The betas can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/2010.
For more information, see Microsoft Office 2010 Reaches Beta, Bringing Productivity Gains to the PC, Phone and Browser.
For developers, there is more opportunity than ever to use Office and SharePoint to build business applications that connect business users to the information they need. Among other things, the Office and SharePoint 2010 wave enables developers to: