MIX ’09 – The next big milestone for web developers and designers

This morning, we kicked off MIX 09 in Las Vegas and announced the release of a number of technologies including Silverlight 3 beta, Expression Blend 3 Preview and the SuperPreview feature in Expression Web.


This powerful set of technologies enables developers and designers to create unparalleled end to end rich internet experiences.  We also demonstrated solutions from key partners including Netflix, Bondi Digital Publishing, StackOverflow.com and KEXP. 


Additionally, building on Silverlight’s success during the Beijing Olympics Games last summer, NBC Universal has chosen Silverlight to deliver the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games on its official Web site, NBCOlympics.com.


With Silverlight 3, we’re introducing more than 50 new features and 20 new controls, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video quality and performance improvements. 


Expression Blend 3 Preview dramatically improves designer and developer workflow and productivity by facilitating a complete end-to-end experience. 


SuperPreview, a feature of Expression Web, enables developers to quickly and easily troubleshoot web page rendering across a wide variety of browsers. 


Below is a brief summary of the key features across Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3:


High Quality Video & Audio

With support for native H.264, live and on-demand IIS7 Smooth Streaming, full HD (720p+) playback, and an extensible decoder pipeline, Silverlight 3 beta brings rich, full-screen, stutter-free media experiences to the desktop.


Powerful Graphics

Silverlight 3 support for perspective 3D graphics as well as built‑in and extensible shader effects enable even more exciting scenarios for developers.  Hardware acceleration improves graphics performance by taking advantage of graphics hardware.

Out of Browser

Applications now work everywhere the Web works and even where it doesn’t.  Silverlight allows users to take applications out of browser where they can be accessed on the desktop while being just as secure as those in the browser.   With Windows 7, out of browser Silverlight applications can be pinned to the task bar.


Breakthrough Tooling Support

Expression Blend 3 delivers Sketchflow, a radically innovative capability for designers to be able to rapidly prototype the interactive flow of applications, receive in context annotated feedback from their clients to enable the rapid iteration of their ideas from concept to reality.   


Comments (11)

  1. Colin says:

    Interest new keynote format this year.

    SL3 looks great.  The offline features will no doubt create a torrent new applications.  Unless I’m missing something, the 3D support doesn’t appear to include support for 3D object model rending which I was hoping for – more 3D transforms.

    The superpreview looks like a great tool aswell.

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  3. Henry Hahn (MSFT) says:


    Hello –

    Your understanding is correct.  The Perspective 3D feature is supported through the Projection property on UIElement.  It’s of type PlaneProjection which allows you to specify a UIElement’s perspective orientation (e.g. rotation about the x, y and/or z axes.)  For a full 3D model and 3D rendering, you’d need to use something like Windows Presentation Foundation.


  4. Saber Al-yousef says:

    All Microsoft development tools are great.

    SL, I think the best in the market for WEB 2.0 development.

    As a middle east developer it means nothing if they not support the RTL (Right to Left) controls and localization.

    I hope the SL3 support the RTL and Arabic localization.

    Thank you

    Saber Al-yousef

  5. realparadyne says:

    Sliverlight 3 looks great, we can see it’s likely to be very important to our future developments, but….

    Please please PLEASE!  tell me that WPF 4 will be getting the cool plane projections too!  I’m sure it was a stated aim to have WPF being a superset of Silverlight so it ought to get it, would make many cool effects so much easier.


  6. Lots of catching up to do. Windows Azure/Cloud Computing Windows Azure Tools and SDK March 2009 CTP Released ASP.NET MVC/AJAX ASP.NET MVC 1.0 is Now Live! Phill Haack’s post ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Released! Microsoft Ajax 4.0 Preview 4 now available Silverlight/RIA/MIX

  7. S.Somasegar says:

    Hi Saber,

    The team has BiDi (bi-directional) support for Right-To-Left scripts on the list of things to do.  Unfortunately, it won’t be in SL3, but hopefully the team will get to this soon after that.


  8. Saber Al-yousef says:

    Hi Somasegar,

    Good to hear that, I hope we will see that soon.

    Thank you.

    Saber Al-yousef

  9. Sam says:

    SL2 and SL3 are amazing products. I love Silverlight! Probably the best thing Microsoft has come up with since .NET itself! Keep up the good work!

  10. Ian Ellison-Taylor says:

    realparadyne: The perspective transforms came from work we did in WPF (see http://blogs.msdn.com/greg_schechter/archive/2007/10/26/enter-the-planerator-dead-simple-3d-in-wpf-with-a-stupid-name.aspx) and we will be updating WPF to include the SL-style version. We’ll probably do this as a wrapper class in the Toolkit first and then roll it in to platform down the line a bit.



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