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Remix 2010: We’re all in

September 28th, a rainy day and a day where all the traffic seemed to be directed to one location… Affligem, De Montil.
It was there where Microsoft would show the world, or at least a part of it, that they would silence the naysayers and send out the peaceful words “Make Web Not War”.
And those peaceful words really earned their place that day.
Not only by the baptism of the third-time visitors of MIX, by means of a nice fancy T-shirt proclaiming these words, no no… there was more to it. Allow me to shed some light on a few examples:

Internet Explorer 9 Beta, let’s sign the treaty

Make Web Not War, let’s all sit down and think about the standards for HTML5. That’s exactly what Microsoft has been doing the last couple of months. There’s still a long road ahead, but at least the positive signal is out there that all main browser-providers are trying to get the HTML5 standards right and implemented the same way (this isn’t always as logic as written here).
Getting things on the same line would mean that it doesn’t really matter which browser you would use. In order to rival that, Microsoft tries to differentiate from others, by placing content in front instead of the actual tool to retrieve it. To accomplish this ideal, IE9 will have some very interesting features which should make the browser blend more into the everyday environment of your desktop, with pinning sites to the taskbar, jumplists,… . Apart from that, a new javascript engine has been built from scratch, named “Chakra” which makes IE9 ten times as fast as IE8.

More info on IE9 can be found here: http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/

Silverlight, where wilt thou go?

With HTML5 and CSS3 on the horizon, and Microsoft fully supporting it, the future for Silverlight was a bit unclear. But Microsoft assured that in the end, each technology will have its own place. Silverlight already showed its strength as a browser plug-in with strong media features and as from Silverlight 3, developers also got the out-of-browser feature allowing the user to easily install a Silverlight application on the desktop.
From Silverlight 4 onwards, the technology even spreads further, namely onto the new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system, with the very daring and eye-catching “Metro” design, which should put content in front instead of using simple icons.
Backed with Blend4 and SketchFlow, Silverlight also proves itself a rightful choice for business applications.

On the following page, you can find some nice Silverlight examples: http://www.silverlight.net/showcase/

Although it seems that Microsoft is merely trying to catch up with the competitors, Remix 2010 showed that they’re also keeping one important aspect in mind, namely putting content on the front.
It’s a small differentiation strategy, but as far as I’m concerned, for the better.

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