Well MIX ’10 has come and gone, and I had an incredible time during it. Not only did Microsoft have a ton of items to announce, but the sessions were great and the people fascinating. If you have never been to MIX, I highly recommend it. When else do you get to spend the majority of a week with access to product team members and experts whose blogs and articles you read?
So what did we learn at MIX this year? Of course the highly anticipated Windows Phone 7 Series development platform was released. What could be better than combining Silverlight and XNA and putting on the phone? (Of course, it would have been awesome to get one of those devices for development and test. 🙂 ) You can now download as VS 2010 for Phone here: http://developer.windowsphone.com/ . If you aren?t one of the lucky ones to have a cool little device for development, there is a truly slick emulator included in VS. One thing to note, even after it?s final release, this version of VS 2010 will be available for free.
Silverlight 4 RC was also announced (get the new version here: http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/silverlight-4/). You will need to have VS 2010 RC installed prior to installing the newest version of SL. Tim Heuer has posted a great highlight of what has changed in Sl 4 RC. You can check that out here: http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2010/03/15/whats-new-in-silverlight-4-rc-mix10.aspx.
The newest, hardware accelerated, Internet Explorer, IE 9, was demoed. The best demo they showed was transparent videos overlapped. It was truly incredible. The IE team has made a developer preview available here: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/info/ThankYou/Default.html.
OData (http://www.odata.org/) was another big announce on the second day of keynotes. It?s an amazing protocol and worth you taking a look at it.
Know, as exciting as all of the announcement at the keynotes were, Sterling Quinn took first place in my opinion. Who is Sterling Quinn you ask? He is an incredible 16 year old yo-yo champion. He spent close to 30 minutes amazing the massive audience prior to the first keynote on Monday. Take a look at the keynote at MIX or check him out at: http://yoyofactory.com/team/sterling_quinn.php.
Well that?s my brief review of MIX ’10. It was first time to attend MIX and will most definitely not be my last.
One last thing that impressed me was the music you found at MIX (pre keynotes, sessions, etc). The MIX team (twiiter: MIXEvent) was kind enough to post the music list here: http://live.visitmix.com/News/MIX10-Keynote-Walk-in-Playlist. However, since this post has a ton of links in it already, here is a copy of that list. Take a listen and hope you enjoy.
|Apocalyptica||Worlds Collide||I Don’t Care|
|Beastie Boys||The Sounds of Science Disc 2||Intergalactic|
|Beastie Boys||The Sounds of Science Disc 1||Body Movin’ [Fatboy Slim Remix]|
|blink-182||Greatest Hits ( Edited )||Dammit ( Radio Edit)|
|Crystal Method||Divided By Night||Smile|
|Crystal Method||Tweekend||Name Of The Game|
|Crystal Method||Divided By Night||Come Back Clean ( Featuring Emily Haines)|
|Crystal Method||Tweekend||Roll It Up|
|DJ Rekha||Basement Bhangra Compilation||Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha|
|Flobots feat.Tim McIrath Of Rise Against||White Flag Warrior||White Flag Warrior|
|Green Day||21st Century Breakdown||East Jesus Nowhere|
|Jay Z||Collision Course ( Edit )||Numb-Encore (Amended)|
|Killers||Hot Fuss||Somebody Told Me|
|Linkin park||Reanimation ( Bonus Tracks)||
Enth E Nd
|Linkin park||Hybrid Theory ( Bonus Track )||My December|
|Moby||Last Night||Ooh Yeah|
|Mr. Scruff||Ninja Tune||Kalimba|
|The Arkhams||The Road To Arkham||Insane|
|The Chemical Brothers||Dig Your Own Hole||Where Do I Begin|
|The Chemical Brothers||Setting Sun||Buzz Tracks|
|The Offspring||Rise and Fall, Rage And Grace||A Lot Like Me|
|The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus||Face Down ( Single )||Face Down|
|The White Stripes||Icky Thump||Icky Thump|