MIX07 kicks off at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas with the keynote by Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie and General Manager Scott Guthrie. You can continue to catch live, on-going coverage at the Visit MIX website.
Let me take a moment to quickly outline the many announcements that occurred today.
An updated Windows Live Dev website (dev.live.com) has launched and includes brand new controls for developers to tap into Windows Live Services when building mash-ups. Those new controls include a Spaces Photo Control and updated Windows Live Contacts control. The Windows Live Spaces control released allows third-party developers to integrate Windows Live Spaces functionality into their websites. CNET has covered the Windows Live platform news coming out of MIX this week.
The Silverlight Team has several major and exciting announcements that have occurred this morning:
- An updated www.microsoft.com/silverlight website
- Silverlight 1.0 Beta plug-in for browsers is now available here
- A CTP (Community Technology Preview) for Silverlight 1.1 was released, adding the .NET runtime
- The Silverlight community website, Silverlight.net, has launched. This website showcases a number of places where you can have the full Silverlight experience, such as at 20th Century Fox’s Trailer Library (you’ll need the plug-in, of course).
Silverlight Streaming with Windows Live has launched in as an Alpha (i.e., pre-Beta) service. You can upload your Silverlight projects to this hosted service to take advantage of 4GB of project storage “in the cloud.” The idea is to give developers and web designers a convenient place for them to host and stream their content, which they can then integrate into their browser services using Silverlight Streaming.
The Microsoft Expression Studio has been released as a suite consisting of Expression Design, Expression Web, Expression Blend and Expression Media. Attendees of MIX07 were given a special commemorative edition of the Expression Studio suite. You can dip your toes into incorporating Silverlight into your web creations using the preview version of Expression Blend 2.0 and the trial version of Expression Media Encoder.
This is just a brief overview of the announcements made today at MIX07, with more to come.
Source:→ Windows Vista Team Blog
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