Microsoft MIX08: Day 1 Keynote
The Day 1 keynote highlighted Microsoft's newest Web tools and technologies, including the release of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, Silverlight 2 Beta, Expression Studio 2 Beta and a preview of SQL Server Data Services (SSDS). Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie took the stage to share his vision for how Web developers and designers can deliver seamless connected experiences across the continuum of Web applications, rich clients and mobile devices. Ozzie was joined onstage by Scott Guthrie, who discussed advances in Silverlight and Expression Studio that bridge the developer/designer workflow and provide a common development model, making it easier to deliver richer, more interactive Web experiences. Also on stage was Dean Hachamovitch, who demonstrated Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, highlighting new features and functionality. Demonstrating their support for Silverlight, customers and partners also took part in the keynote, including AOL, Aston Martin, Cirque du Soleil, DoubleClick, Hard Rock, Move Networks and NBCOlympics.com on MSN.