Wireless Internet service permeated MIX06; signals were available just about everywhere Microsoft was at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Some used this service to catch up on work or sports scores, while others kept the community informed on the proceedings, in many cases updating their blogs as sessions transpired. Other bloggers, in turn, posted their reaction to what had been said, and so on and so on. Here we take a look at what the blog community has said about MIX06.
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(The views these bloggers express are not necessarily the views of SearchVB.com. Also, this is but a small sampling of the reaction to MIX06. As you can imagine, a show with omnipresent wifi for those who are there -- not to mention live video streaming for those who are not there -- generated much buzz.)
Bill Gates' keynote address
As SearchVB.com reported here, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates used his keynote address to tell developers that future Web applications must focus on the end user. Most bloggers found demos of killer apps that MySpace and the BBC are rolling out more impressive than Gates. Paul Ballard described it as a "rumpled looking monologue," while Nick Bradbury, said it "started off as the same old robotic marketing pitch" before Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media Inc., came on stage to interview Gates.
MySpace's amazing growth
Social networking site MySpace is now the second-biggest site on the Web, trailing only Yahoo! and having recently passed MSN. Microsoft, though, takes comfort in knowing that MySpace uses ASP.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005 to manage its 1.5 billion daily page views and dramatically reduce its CPU server utilization, Scott Guthrie writes. Meanwhile, Robert Scoble shares the lessons behind MySpace's success that he learned from CTO Aber Whitcomb.
Atlas makes its debut
WPF hits the big, and small, screen
The second hot technology was Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and its browser- and platform-neutral companion, Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E). This, in a nutshell, is Microsoft's XAML-based UI creating tool, and it can be used for apps geared toward mobile device or high-def TVs. Mike Harsh offers a few screenshots of what can be created with WPF, while Ben Galbraith and Jon Galloway offered their perspective on WPF/E. Andrew Stopford, meanwhile, weighs in on the Flash/Flex vs. WPF/Expression debate.