MIX08 Keynote Announcements

Wed, March 5, 2008, 01:16 PM under Links
If you missed the keynote (live in Vegas or online), Tim Sneath was updating his blog live for it so you can read an outline here.

- You already know about ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 form my previous blog post.

- Many Silverlight 2 Beta 1 related downloads – Guy had all the links here before anyone else I think. You'll be hearing a lot more from me on that technology on this blog so stay tuned...

- Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 is out with unprecedented standards support. Choose the most appropriate download for you.

- There were many other announcements (such as Silverlight for Windows Mobile and Nokia) but nothing that we can actually get our hands on right now.

One of the most impressive keynote demos was actually not appreciated as much as I thought it would be (judging from audience reaction... maybe it is the wrong crowd?). Hardware accelerated performance improvements in WPF. The application was doing all kinds of crazy 3D effects and the CPU utilisation in task manager was barely moving! I can't wait to get my hands on that when it is released in the summer. Move the thumb of the video to 02:08:10 to watch it...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 1:51:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Tell you what though - Silverlight 2 app chews up the CPU... http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/
Thursday, March 6, 2008 6:38:14 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Steve: Yes, I noticed that Deep Zoom rockets my cpu :). It is a client technology afterall...
Thursday, March 6, 2008 10:03:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Regarding "performance improvements in WPF", for me that was the biggest thing in the keynote! :) Ok, Silverlight 2 is kind of neat as well.
Thursday, March 6, 2008 11:54:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I didn't get as far as the hardware accelerated WPF bitmap effects in the keynote yesterday, but have been interested in them ever since ScottG mentioned it in his blog.

Now I've seen them in action - Wow!!! (similar idea to Apple's CoreImage processing by the looks of it). I can't wait to see something of the apis (especially as my current app is digital photography management/processing in WPF!!!)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 2:56:40 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Anonymous: SL 2 is the 2nd coolest thing for sure!

Andrew: I think most of the perf gains will be free (no API needed) so it is even better news ;-)
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