Silverlight snippets from reMIX UK

Silverlight snippets from reMIX UK

Summary: Microsoft held reMIX UK last week in Brighton which as others have noted was an addendum to the MIX conference in Las Vegas which unfortunately came in the shadow of PDC where we should probably see a Silverlight 2 release as well as a bunch of other goodies from Microsoft. But there was some good/new Silverlight info that came out from the conference:There were some snippets of Silverlight news, or perhaps clarifications.

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Microsoft held reMIX UK last week in Brighton which as others have noted was an addendum to the MIX conference in Las Vegas which unfortunately came in the shadow of PDC where we should probably see a Silverlight 2 release as well as a bunch of other goodies from Microsoft. But there was some good/new Silverlight info that came out from the conference:

There were some snippets of Silverlight news, or perhaps clarifications. Guthrie said the plug-in is getting 1.5 million installations a day, and that these will upgrade automatically to version 2.0, the .NET version, when it is released later this year. Unlike the beta, Silverlight 2.0 will have proper accessibility support, but H.264 capability will not appear until a future version. Guthrie also hinted that a 3D API is under development. Further controls, such as a Rich Text Editor, will be delivered as add-ons within the lifetime of version 2.0.

The 1.5 million download number is interesting, and I'd assume that most folks are downloading the beta which will auto upgrade. I also like the strategy of rolling out components as add-ons. That would even allow them to ship third party components if required, like Telerik's Silverlight set. I'll be curious to see how that process works but it could be a great community builder if they have some way of approving and adding components instead of just a standard dot release.

PDC is shaping up to be a big deal of an event for RIA developers. Along with what I'm assuming will be a Silverlight 2 release, we should get more info about the next gen of WPF as well as some additional info (and hopefully SDKs) around Live Mesh. Microsoft has so many pieces and I like the new focus on design as well as creating a pretty wide-ranging platform on which to deploy. You get the desktop story, the browser story, the cloud story, and everything else. One thing I heard came out of reMIX UK was that they're doing a ton of API changes to Silverlight to make it more like WPF. Keep an eye on that. Silverlight can act as an up sell to WPF and by blending the two technologies it's easier to get developers to hop back and forth.

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  • Another stupid cash cow?

    Well I hope it's not another milking of the MS cash cow i.e. delaying the release of SL2 until the PDC sells up because seriously .NET devs have been losing out to Flash over the last two years (good news for you, Ryan, and I know from first hand locally that Flash web shops have scored over .NET and that is very serious indeed). SL really needs to be compiled twice - once for x plat and once for a TRUE WPF subset - the latter is really what XBAPs would have been with hindsight. Why the heck would I want another (and different) control set if my web app is reaching a Windows box?! Of course I only need the former when a Windows box is not the caller. Equally I want to be able to use the Windows compilation as a library in my WPF app. SL is really just a marketing facet for animation and video and detracts from MS's end game which is desktop Windows, but I'm not too sure marketing folks at MS can see that! But you know, the really scary thing is MS have omitted basic controls in WPF whilst 3rd party providers have been asked to fill the space. It's hard to fathom when VB3 had a datagrid, and despite WPF 3.0 after VS2005 and 6 months after VS2008 - still no basic datagrid until PDC (let alone a DatePicker).

    There was a stupid emphasis on another cash cow with VS2005 milking WinForms controls. But hey, you can bet your socks Google, Adobe or Apple are going to do something big before that PDC cash cow!
    rmac2
  • Obviously, MS wants to paint Silverlight as a success, but, who wants to

    exclude 30% of customers? Especially, with Google Chrome coming out, I do not see Silverlight winning the hearts and minds of web developers that want to reach 100% of customers. The standard web is getting good enough for a lot more types of applications, and the progress will only accelerate now.
    DonnieBoy
    • You just don't quit do you?

      You are friggin' everywhere. Will you just shut the f up. Your comments are like garbage loitered everywhere in this site.

      Seriously DB, there are people who just want to read articles without seeing a shred of your trash coments.
      silent.griffin
      • Amen to that

        The guy must be a mental patient in an institution with nothing better to do all day than post endless anti-Microsoft diatribes. Microsoft could announce a cure for cancer, and this piece of worm ridden filth would probably claim they've been sitting on the cure for 5 years because their research showed cancer was killing Linux users at a higher rate, so they waited for more of them to die. Actually, that sounds a lot like his standard post.
        jackbond
  • Windows apps everywhere

    Silverlight sounds interesting. However, what I'd like to see is how MS handles virtualized apps on top of its mesh system. If MS handles this well, it could mean that developers could create sophisticated Windows apps that could be deployed everywhere via the browser, or optionally on users' desktops. This would mean that Internet applications could develop at a rapid pace, and not be held hostage by the limitations of the browser. It would of course solve a whole bunch of problems for MS, including making Windows client app development highly relevant again.

    As an aside, I think MS should extend its ad campaign to target investors, rather than [url=http://tinyurl.com/3mvy7h]buy back $40B worth of stock[/url]. I think redoing its image in front of investors would be a whole lot cheaper, safer, and more effective.
    P. Douglas
  • It's a nice idea...

    ...but I don't believe devs or ISV's would ever trust MS sufficiently to allow their code to be hosted at an MS data center (unlike an Apple app store?!). Best hope might be for ISP's to make such an offering because I'm guessing the alternative to MS hosting would be via a 'softricity' server styled product which might be prohibitively expensive to deploy.
    rmac2
    • oops

      ..apols, that was meant to be a reply to P Douglas's comment
      rmac2
    • Allow third parties to host virtualized apps

      I think it would be a great idea to allow third parties to host virtualized apps, and I don't see MS objecting to this.
      P. Douglas