Before the PDC sessions started, there was already an interesting message distributed from Mary Jo Foley from an interview with Bob Muglia: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted.
The core messages:
Silverlight is the development platform for Windows Phone. Silverlight also has some “sweet spots” in media and line-of-business applications.
HTML is the only true cross-platform solution for everything.
So, HTML 5 gets a really big focus. Microsoft is heavily investing in this technology.
Developer trends in the area of Web development:
- HTML Interop – across different browsers, platforms…
- Websites like native applications
If you check several HTML 5 specs, Microsoft plays a major role with the standards body. Interop is an important scenario.
Microsoft can differentiate by giving a great Windows 7 integration. Similar to features that have been added to WPF with .NET 4, Web applications can be pinned to the taskbar, Jumplists can be defined, and also custom actions such as play/pause buttons can be added to the preview.
IE9 preview 6 can be downloaded from http://www.ietestdrive.com.
What other news from PDC?
Mark Russinovich dives deep into Windows Azure and has written his first WPF application: Windows Azure Storage Explorer.
Part of Windows Azure AppFabric, Access Control Service hosts an STS in the cloud supporting WS-Federation, WS-Trust, OpenId, OAuth… what makes it easy to use FaceBook, Windows Live identifiers for authentication with cloud applications.
WCF gets enhancements with WCF Web APIs – see http://wcf.codeplex.com. First-class support for HTTP/REST
Windows Workflow gets enhancements, where the first bits are shared as well: http://wf.codeplex.com. A state machine is now available, C# expressions, versioning with persistence, enhanced workflow designer with e.g. annotations, new activities, partial trust…
For sure there’s a lot new stuff to explore, and I’m happy to have attended PDC. The next days I’ve to explore the pre-recorded sessions as well as many sessions missed as I cannot split