I'm leaving MIX today. No, I didn't blog as much as I thought I would. My presentation was yesterday and I've been told it will be posted to the MIX sessions site sometime today - I'll post a link when I get it.
Overall, I feel the show was a huge success for Microsoft. For the people who were there, the message is loud and clear - Silverlight is the future. In fact, with the release of Silverlight 2.0 it is the present. But, hey, this is the Virtual Earth blog, right? I saw many applications built on Virtual Earth being used in demonstrations during presentation. Most notably, Virtual Earth was the centerpiece of Dean Hachamovitch's Internet Explorer 8 demonstration during the Ray Ozzie's Keynote. And it was hot. Dean highlight the ability to capture AJAX events as a part of the IE hash to control back and forward button control. For example, today, if you get to web page with a Virtual Earth map and zoom in, then hit the browser back button you would leave the page. With the new hash you would instead of leaving the page, you would zoom out of the map. Effectively, IE 8 captures AJAX requests and can keep them as back and forward user movements. You can see Ray Ozzie's keynote on the MIX session site.
As for my session, I provided a high level overview of Virtual Earth. I demoed Live Search Maps. WAYN.com (Where Are You Now), iFly.com, and Harley-Davidson's Ride Planner Application on Harley-Davidson.com. I built out some custom applications which I'll provide the code for in a separate post, so you can just copy, paste and run them.
I tried to take on the question about licensing. This deserves it's own post too, but for now I'll copy past what was on my slides. There are two ways to look at Virtual Earth Licensing - free and licensed. Here's the difference:
Free API Access
Like I said, this deserves it's own post, but for now those are the high level differences.
I also showed a preview of the new Virtual Earth Map Control built with Silverlight 2.0 and SeaDragon (aka Deep Zoom) technology. The application had media incorporated into the map control such as pictures and video - both of which scaled as I zoomed the map in and out. They also allowed for Deep Zoom into the photos. The new map control will be available soon.
I got to talk with a lot of people after my session about specifics about Virtual Earth, but for those of you who didn't get to talk with me I also provided contact information and resources, so I've pasted those below.
I wrote the Hands On Lab which I'll post separately as well. Thanks to Mark Brown (VE Partner Ecosystem) for mentoring folks with that).
I mentioned that i had the key piece of schwag for MIX conference, the one everyone would be asking, "WOW, where did you get that??" Well, I printed out 75 posters of the Venetian Hotel from our aerial photo library with MIX decorations to help you decorate your working space. I hope you got one. If not, here's what it looks like.
If you attended MIX - thanks. If you attended my session - THANK YOU!