Today march 4 was the MIX08 VIP pre conference "Together@MIX". We had sessions and panels on the morning and an afternoon full of fun activities (I chose the Las Vegas Extreme rides!).
Here is the speakers and a bit of what they said:
Steve Guttman (PM for Expression Web)
- Expression branding
- Expression Web 2
- PHP support (intellisense & syntax highlight, cassini for web server)
- Photoshop layers support
- ActiveX for Flash
- Expression Encoder 2 "a real post-production tool"
- lots of new features
- XAML and video overlays
- Edit player in Blend
- More at the keynote "I've been in Microsoft for years and the number of announcements at the keynote tomorrow is un-be-lie-vable !!"
- Designer/Developer workflow
- Expression Studio 2 for April (focus on Silverlight)
- Expression Blend 2 (for Silverlight 1)
- Expression Design (XAML slice like Dreamweaver)
George Moore (GM Live Platform)
- Live Messenger API
- Silverlight Streaming
- Audience Analytics
Brad Abrams (ASP.NET Team)
- Silverlight ASP.NET control
- Silverlight Localization
- Silverlight 2 UI controls
- MVC sample app
- "WPF is the Ferrari, Silverlight is the Mini Cooper..."
- Service Pack in september
- Light .NET client install
Daniel Makoski (Interactive Design Manager for Surface)
- Microsoft Surface User Experience Team, or Microsoft Surface UX or Microsoft SUX...
- Very funny video on Surface "Big Ass Table" !
We had some keynote leaks today, but... let's wait for tomorrow !
The afternoon was busy trying every roller coaster of Las Vegas !!!!