Even more interesting to me was the chance to
talk to the Windows Tablet and Touch Technology Team. They're here in
force with lots of cool products.
I grabbed a couple of shots of some of the newer
offerings to share with you. The Samsung Ultra has added a QWERTY keyboard
with keys similar to those found on many portable phones. It's a slimmer,
smaller design from the original Q1 (right) and feels better in my hands.
Better resolution is also a big plus. A unique feature here is the camera both
on the front and the rear.
The other unnamed machine shown is a different
form factor. Although the size of a UMPC, it uses the familiar sliding
screen feature of some cell phones. I don't think it would be hard to get
used to the flat screen position, but at first use, it's a bit less familiar.
I'll be adding more information on these and
other Ultra-Mobile PCs on
April 30, 2007
Mix07 Keynote with Ray Ozzie
Several announcements came this
morning from both Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie about Silverlight,
Expression and others.
For a synopsis of the events,
Microsoft Lights Way for
Next-Generation Web Development and Design at MIX07
Microsoft Silverlight enhancements unveiled including
support for .NET managed code and dynamic languages; provides
developers and designers with a comprehensive solution for
building and delivering Web, PC and device applications.
The combination of Microsoft
Silverlight and the latest platform and tooling enhancements
make the .NET Framework unequaled for building and delivering
Web, Windows®, and rich interactive applications. The .NET
Framework now also has unparalleled support for developer and
designer tools and multiple languages, ensuring the most
productive experience for developers and designers alike.
Today’s announcements include the following:
• Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 beta availability. Optimized for the
Web, Microsoft Silverlight enables developers and designers to
easily use existing skills and Visual Studio and Expression
Studio tools to deliver media experiences and rich interactive
applications. Silverlight works with any back-end Web platform
or technology, seamlessly integrating with existing
infrastructure and applications, including Apache and PHP, as
go-live license, which means customers can deploy their
Silverlight applications in production. Final availability of
Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 is scheduled for summer 2007.
• Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha availability. Based on the
.NET Framework, Silverlight 1.1 Alpha offers broader tools and
language support. It enables developers to take advantage of
support for powerful .NET features including ASP.NET AJAX and
Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) language, with full
IntelliSense® editing enabled for client and server code;
powerful cross-platform debugging capabilities; and rich
• Expression Studio now shipping. Expression Studio, Microsoft’s
end-to-end tools for creative designers, boosts collaboration
with developers in the delivery of next-generation user
experiences for Windows, the Web and beyond.
• Microsoft Silverlight Streaming. Silverlight Streaming is a
new companion service for Silverlight that makes it easier for
developers and designers to deliver and scale rich media as part
of their Silverlight applications.
developer community to take advantage of the Windows Live™
services infrastructure and gain access to all the APIs through
a simple, consistent set of terms that address multiyear
supportability, scale, cost structure and commercial use of the
platform. In addition, Microsoft announced new APIs to support
programmatic access to Windows Live Spaces, Windows Live
Contacts and Windows Live Messenger.
Microsoft Partners Showcase Benefits of Microsoft Web
The MIX07 event features participants from leading Web, media
and design companies including Avenue A | Razorfish, BBC, CBS
Television Stations, Disney, Electric Rain Inc., Facebook, frog
design inc., gotomedia inc, IdentityMine Inc., Metaliq and
“Central to our ‘Always On’ strategy has been the desire to
create an interactive environment where our audiences can
participate in the local broadcast process,” said Jonathan Leess,
president and general manager of CBS Television Stations Digital
Media Group. “This project, using Microsoft Silverlight
technology, allows us to empower the massive long tail of
untapped local media content that is waiting to converge with
the broadband and broadcast mediums.”
“Our business is to create new and innovative cutting-edge
solutions. We are always trying new technologies like
Silverlight to redefine the limits of what can be done with
interactive applications,” said Beau Ambur, CEO and founder of
Metaliq. “With Microsoft, our designers and developers are able
to work in parallel throughout a project, enabling us to deliver
some of the richest experiences on the Web.”
MIX07 runs through Wednesday in Las Vegas. More information —
including customer and partner videos and demos, keynote clips,
Microsoft product overviews, and footage from the event floor —
can be found by visiting http://visitmix.com.
Product Information and Availability
The Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 Beta and 1.1 Alpha are available
for download at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight. Those
interested in learning more about Silverlight and joining its
growing community can visit http://www.silverlight.net.
Expression Studio is expected to be commercially available in
May 2007. Customers interested in pre-ordering Expression Studio
can visit http://www.amazon.com for details.