As I mentioned before, I’ll be attending the glorious MIX conference for the second year in a row this April. Last year, Microsoft showed off IE9 and Windows Phone 7 for the first time, and good times were had by all. This year, we could either see a more timid year with more focus on sessions, or an even more astounding show than the last. Beneath are some of my wild and baseless predictions.
Things that might happen
Silverlight 5 beta
I think this is one of the less wild predictions. Actually, I’d be very surprised if we didn’t see this after the first day’s keynote. Silverlight 5 holds a lot of promise and a good starter for anyone interested is to check the Silverlight 5 Firestarter.
Blend 5 beta
We’ve heard nothing about this but the probability of seeing a first glimpse of the next Blend isn’t that bad. With SL5, there is an increased need for handling 3D objects and animation support. Also, Blend has become a very popular tool amongst both developers and artists. Microsoft would be wise to put more focus on this.
If Blend 5 would feature either the creation of 3D XAML objects or just be able to import objects to XAML from Maya or 3D Studio Max, I’d be very happy.
Rumors in a Swedish magazine further hints about Microsoft actually having a go at the tablet market. As with iPhone, Microsoft are late to the game, but could in my opinion deliver something that Apple couldn’t. The deciding factor I think is whether Microsoft would allow “regular” applications or insist on running only managed code like the iPad. In my opinion, a tablet running regular applications sounds much more promising, especially considering the amount of good applications and market share Apple had when they launched the iPad.
It’s important to make the distinction between “regular apps” and “regular apps for a touch device”. I’m not saying we should run regular versions of Outlook, Spotify and Visual Studio on a touch device. I do say, we’d like to create small, quick apps with WP7 and deploy quickly to Windows 7 (or maybe Windows 8).
Things that won’t happen
Everyone loved courier as an idea, but it’s put in Microsoft Limbo for now, not dead yet not alive. Forever drifting…
I’d like to see Courier come back, but we probably won’t.
Movits performing at MIX
One of Sweden’s hottest bands right now is the jazz-rap-swing-hiphop group Movits, which have gotten a lot of attention in the US as well as at home. Their second album “Out Of My Head” just dropped and I can’t stop listening to them. Balaclava Boogie will definitely be one of my “Vegas tunes” this year.
That’s it folks. Please feel free to add your Mix predictions or Vegas tunes below.