The keynote today in Mix ’07 at Las Vegas was fantastic. Microsoft unravelled a ton of new technologies around their Silverlight runtime in the keynote by Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie. There are tons of information about these in Visitmix.com website, so I will just cover the bullet points and what impressed me personally.
- This is the most awesome announcement. Silverlight 1.1 (currently in Alpha) Plugin will include an almost full .NET Framework runtime including support for dynamic languages like Ruby and Python.
- Silverlight Streaming – An oneline video sharing service from Microsoft. And the Expression Media Encoder to go with it.
- Simpler licensing and opening up of API of Windows Live Services
My personal take on Silverlight is this. I am super excited on the .NET Framework support. And at Vishwak we have been playing with it in its previous name “WPF/E” and I think this is a very promising technology, but the success for it against competition like Adobe Flash/Apollo depends on how large can Microsoft get its installed base quickly. It is a chicken and egg problem, but unless there is sufficient installed base, it will be difficult to get customers on board quickly.
There has been also announcements about IIS 7.0 Beta Go-Live recently.
Scott Hanselman (my fellow RD) has posted this great entry on today’s annoucement on Silverlight and .NET Support.
Update 21/June/2007: Came across this good post from Scott Guthrie on various demos with Silverlight