Technologies to focus on

When people find out I work for Microsoft they often ask “so what technologies should I be aware of that are coming down the line?”. Of course I’m a developer-focused person so my answer is always relevant to developers. And actually it’s a really valid question right now because 2007 is a big year for us in terms of developers.

We have two big US events this year, neither of which is guaranteed to happen every year but both of which are run when we have something particularly relevant to say:

1)      Mix07

2)      The PDC (professional developers conference)


We will be running UK events that mirror both of these, with a mix “style” event – like mix only better 🙂 – likely to happen in June. Earmark June 20/21 for now.

Both of these events will feature some big announcements so it’s worth knowing about them even if you can’t attend.

So what about those technologies? None of these is likely to come as a big surprise but here’s what we’ll be focusing on in the coming months:

·         Windows Live. There will be quite a bit of movement here, see

·         WPF/E. If you haven’t come across this yet take a look at the wpf/e development centre. Be aware of two thing: that WPF/E is just a code name so there's a proper product name on the way, and that what you see today is only a piece of what this technology will become

·         .NET Framework 3.5

·         Visual Studio Orcas

·         Expression product range

·         Longhorn Server

·         SQL Server “Katmai”

I’ll post additional entries relating to these technologies, and especially highlighting where we’re running relevant activities in the UK.

Comments (13)
  1. mbrown says:

    Ian:  The Mix07 link doesn’t work… well its just added the link onto the end of the…. url.


  2. Ian Moulster says:

    Thanks Mark. Fixed

  3. N.D says:

    What’s this? A non-competition related blog entry? *SHOCK HORROR* 😀

  4. Chris Mossom says:

    Looking forward to the full wpf/e release, have some great things in mind!

  5. NJ says:

    Hi ian at last an article , that’s not about the  competition!!!

    I looking forward to what you are doing with windows live because at the moment, the search is really not up to scratch and needs to be improved, (it’s got a lot off stick in the press). It also needs a filter for spyware/phishing websites.  

  6. If you are not going to the US to attend the PDC and/or MIX events this year, you will have an opportunity

  7. Deepcode says:

    Time to start pestering the boss for a trip to PDC 🙂

  8. Microsoft has announced that PDC will take place this year, October 2007. Apparently they’ll be mirroring

  9. Ian Moulster says:

    My colleague Daniel Moth (known to all of us as "the moth") suggested I should include "linq" in the list of technologies we’re focusing on. I was planning to talk more about linq when I expanded on the .NET framework 3.5 and Orcas pieces but if you want to know more in the interim take a look at Daniel’s post here:

    I suppose it’s worth pointing out that the list I provided above it pretty much a high-level skim, and there is plenty of detail beneath the surface that we’ll bring out.

  10. Hi Ian,

    Cant wait for these events…. Can you email us when a date is confirmed and registration is open?

  11. Ian Moulster says:

    Hi Christopher, I’ll keep you informed. We’re likely to see some movement over the next couple of weeks.

  12. David Hearn says:

    19/20 June is "Oxford Computer Group presents The European User Group for Microsoft IDA Technologies".  If   the mini-MIX or whatever it’ll be is going to be held at Reading (big assumption!) on 20/21 June then surely there’s a clash?

    Events links are:

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