MIX ’08 – The Next Web Now

Last year at MIX, I decided to sit in the audience and watch Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie deliver the keynote among all the other conference attendees.  Even though I knew what we were going to present, it was still fabulous to sit in the audience and watch the electric reaction as we talked about the potential that we opened up with Silverlight, Expression Studio and Visual Studio. 


At MIX07, we delivered the first full version of Expression Studio and in November, we launched Visual Studio 2008. The industry’s reaction to these advancements has been phenomenal.


MIX08 started today and the excitement continues to build.  Within four months of its release, Silverlight is already powering more than 8,000 applications and organizations are using it to deliver superior Web-based experiences to their customers including Entertainment Tonight, the NBA and NBC Universal.


We have been committing Silverlight support for mobility since day 1 as mobile support is vital to Silverlight’s core value to ‘run everywhere’.  Yesterday Nokia announced plans to make Microsoft Silverlight available on its S60 on Symbian OS and Series 40 as well as all Nokia Internet tablets.  Not only will this agreement improve the experience for mobile devices users, it also creates new opportunities for developers and designers by allowing them to create rich, interactive applications that run on multiple platforms and computing devices in a consistent and reliable manner.


Just this morning we announced plans to partner with Move Networks, who provide the technology to stream some of the most popular shows on television, to integrate its high-quality video streaming technology into Microsoft Silverlight.  This will result in video streaming technology that allows videos to start faster, play smoother (with no buffering), and deliver higher quality video resolution.  Within a single environment, designers and developers will be able to seamlessly integrate unique branding and navigational elements within, around and on top of the highest quality online video on the Net.


Additionally, developers can now access the eagerly anticipated Silverlight 2 beta.  Highlights of the beta include a WPF-based UI framework that makes building rich Web applications much easier, as well as a rich set of built-in controls that developers and designers can use to quickly build applications and rich networking support.  One of my favorite features, ‘Deep Zoom,’ was showcased by Hard Rock during the keynote. The smooth in-place zooming and panning that Deep Zoom allows is a true advancement and raises the bar on what image viewing can be.  Through this feature, it's now possible to make high resolution images easily consumable on the Internet.


To deliver on the promise of integrating designers more seamlessly into the development process, we also released Expression Studio 2 beta which I blogged about earlier today.


I am very pleased to see all of the progress we are making on our mission to offer a common and complete application platform and tools offering that ranges from the standards based Web, to rich interactive applications, to the desktop and devices. 



Comments (13)

  1. Mark Gordon says:

    Hi Again!

    When I build an application I can clearly explain the benefits of the implementation I decide to use. I’m rather disappointed you did not fill my request and blog about the advantages of a VS.NET desktop application over VFP.  Is perhaps the reason for the silence due to the fact there really are no benefits for medium and small companies, the ONLY benefit of moving to VS.BLOAT are purely for Microsoft?

    I suppose it was easier for you to tell the IT reporter programmers just don’t want to learn a new language so they are  complaining instead of the truth — there is no benefit in VS worth the cost and headache of migrating which is why we are complaining.  It is obvious MSFT failed with VS since to get programmer’s to use this tool you had to Kill VB and VFP with total disregard for us and our customers. Isn’t that kind of like playing Marco Polo with Helen Keller then bragging about the fact you won?

    Just some thoughts!

    Best Regards,


  2. Andrew says:

    The quality of the day 1 keynote live streaming was extremely impressive as was the content. Silverlight 2.0 is a very exciting technology, leveraging the power of .net. It is clear that the toolsets available to us now in VS2008 + Expression offer unprecedented power for web development. Our challenge is being smart enough to get the best out of it.

    A great time to be an MS Developer!

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  5. some guy with sense says:


    Have you heard the word "adapting"???


    Three cheers for the Silverlight team.. awesome product!!

  6. Mark Gordon says:

    I have adapted when there is something worth adapting too. Having a background in c++ when VFP went OOP in version 3.0 I made the switch. When VB 6.0 came out I jumped on that as well. I was more productive with these tools which lead to cost saving to my customers.

    Unfortunately in .NET there’s no benefit, besides a much higher cost of ownership and many features available in VB 6 or VB 9 are missing or requires ALOT more code to implement. So why would I willingly want to switch, it makes no sense. Apparently since there are 15,000 + signatures on the VB and VFP petitions I’m not alone.

    Just to give you a short list, there are numerous problems with .N-TIER application development when creating middle tier components even with Linq, inheritance is poorly implemented and visual control inheritance is non-existent in the class browser.  Not too mention a true data centric language is missing in VS. Everyone talks about web forms but native data binding is missing and the designers deliver poorly designed code, logic that belongs in the middle or data tier is just thrown into the UI.  The communication foundation is not compatible with older soap libraries.  WPF doesn’t even have a native data grid. This package is really pathetic! M$ took away the “BEST” toolkits they ever developed and left us with an inferior product in return.

    I’m tired of all the people on the .NET bandwagon because it is new and hip. This product will not get any better if people keep cheerleading and ignoring the harsh reality of the situation. I do applaud M$ for their ability to spin mediocrity. Too bad their development group is not as good as their marketing departments.


  7. consumer4beta@hotmail.com says:

    Hey Soma, I’d asked earlier whether MS would be producing any more service packs for Visual Studio .NET 2003 and .NET Framework 1.1 and had been told "no. I wish to acquire some hotfixes for both products and since both products are under mainstream support till October 2008, why does MS require users to call MS Support Services to obtain a hotfix/rollup. Requiring to call MS support for acquiring a hotfix should only be required when the product moves to extended support. It would be convenient if MS either made a final service pack or at least made the hotfixes available by email instead of paid assisted support.

  8. John says:

    I’m extremely disappointed that Silverlight 2.0 still requires a CPU with SSE instructions, leaving out older Pentium and Athlon systems.  Flash, Windows Media Player, and the .NET Framework all work fine without SSE — there’s no technical reason why Silverlight couldn’t work too.

  9. Express edition says:

    It would be great to see Expression Studio, Express edition.

  10. MegP_MS says:

    To answer the question about hotfixes for Visual Studio 2003 and .NET Fx1.1, Visual Studio 2003 SP1 and .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 are the last planned Service Pack releases for those products.  Any new issues are addressed via Hotfix and GDR releases, including of course any Security Updates for those products.

    As you pointed out, VS 2003 and .NET 1.1 are currently in mainstream support (described at http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/#Phases%20of%20the%20Support%20Lifecycle”>http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/#Phases%20of%20the%20Support%20Lifecycle) which means every product update is always free, includes all Hotfixes, GDR’s, Security Updates, and Service Packs. If you can share the Hotfixes you are interested in we may be able to post them on our Hotfix self-serve Connect site, otherwise they can be obtained through Microsoft Product Support services at http://support.microsoft.com.

    The Hotfix Connect site at https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/content/content.aspx?ContentID=3705 provides customers a way to freely download Hotfixes of interest to them. Presently we’ve posted only the most popular Hotfixes receiving higher volumes of calls to Customer Support Services but we’re working on an updated solution that will increase Hotfix download discoverability and make all Visual Studio and .NET Framework Hotfixes freely available to customers. That work is a few months out but we’ll be blogging widely when it becomes available.

  11. Pablo says:

    MS perdió una buena cuota del mercado de desarrollo con .net & vs y ahora está perdiendo el tren de la web, y sin atisbos de una reacción adecuada, ese tren se aleja cada día más…

    Saludos cordiales

  12. hey som,

    I am sathar al karan , now from dubai , doing IT and Online business here . Before 3 years i  managed a chat room named ‘KERALA CHAT ROOM’ in MSN, it was a huge hit and more than 6000 members  was there from world wide.Unfortunately MSN banned and removed all chat rooms except US based.We did  lot of effort to manage that chat room and spend lot of money also.We arrange a huge get-together here in Dubai for that Chat room.After the ban all people moved to yahoo and other areas like orkut ,paltalk etc.Can you plan to rebuild the same Chat rooms under Msn.Because people loved that structure and feel.

    Hope you will discuss about this matter to your team and we expecting a positive  move from your side.


    Sathar Al Karan

    Chief Visionary Officer


    Dubai ,Newyork,Bengaluru

    00971 50 3875759



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