Scott Guthrie may be corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, where he heads up Windows Azure app development, but that didn’t stop him from giving an action-packed demo of the new capabilities coming to ASP.NET MVC. Async functionality, WebSocket support, and better mobile tooling in the form of default styles and mobile jQuery were all featured during Guthrie’s presentation.
Corporate Vice President of Visual Studio Jason Zander, meanwhile, showed off the powerful 3D development and debugging capabilities of Visual Studio 2011, including a new image editor with alpha blending support and a pixel-level debugging feature for cleaning up 3D scenes.
Zander also showed off Team Foundation Service, the Windows Azure-based version of Microsoft’s team development environment, hosted in the Cloud. Attendees were given a one-year subscription to TFS for Windows Azure during the conference.
Yesterday’s keynote focused tightly on Windows 8 Metro-style apps and the new Windows Runtime stack that enables them, but today’s presentation shows that Microsoft is aggressively refreshing its tooling across both the WinRT and .NET Framework stacks.