MIX 2011: Day 1 Keynotes Summary

April 13, 2011

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Despite of the fact that several Sela experts already blogged about the first day keynotes, I thought I’d give my perspective on this session.

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Today was a very interesting day..
Not quite what I was expecting but MIX is not over yet.

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The first session I’ve attended was the keynotes, of course.
Checkout the great drawings that captures the summary of the different parts of the keynotes.

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The keynotes, which where opened by Dean Hachamovitch, presented the vision of “HTML 5 native to Windows”. As Dean said, native applications are always better. Whether it’s native phone applications which provides better user experience than websites designed for phones or add-ins being the worst counterpart of a native support for a feature. Native is always better. So the current vision of Microsoft is using HTML 5 to provide a native experience for your website using Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7.

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In the keynotes Dean also presented several real HTML 5 applications like: Foursquare HTML 5 support, a site that uses SVG to create live dynamic animations, a nice HTML 5 Pac-man implementations and more.

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Later in the keynotes, a first preview of Internet Explorer 10 was presented, which is now available for download. The particular implementation of IE 10 actually ran on an ARM processor, which is also a new improvement.

PDC 2011 dates were announced: 13-16.09.2011, will take place in Anaheim California. Save the date!

Next Scott Guthrie went to the stage and presented the new ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools Update which includes several new web related features, including Entity Framework v4.1, which isn’t so web related.

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Finally Scott concluded the keynotes with a quick presentation of some of the new Azure features that got released recently like the new Access Control Service, Caching, CDN and Traffic Manager.

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On a personal note, what I was missing the most is some kind of mentioning of Silverlight. Instead the only mention of Silverlight was “a plug-in”. Hopefully tomorrow’s keynotes will rectify this issue.

That’s it for now,
Arik Poznanski.

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