Some More Post-MIX08 Thoughts

MIX is over, but the reverberations continue.  You’ve no doubt seen the news articles highlighting IE8, Silverlight 2, and the now legendary Steve Ballmer and Guy Kawasaki keynote.  And you probably know about the ReMIX events we’ll be hosting in your area.  But I wanted to point you to a number of other things you might have missed since MIX08 wrapped up.

For starters, a LOT of video from the Open Space sessions has been published.  You can watch all of the sessions here – there were nearly half as many attendee-driven Open Space sessions as “regular”sessions.  One of my favorite is Carl Franklin playing acoustic guitar – and we have to give props to the guy who plugged in his electric guitar in the middle of the sandbox area and started jamming.

In addition to the Open Space sessions, videos from all 16 of the “Show Off” contestants have been uploaded.  These are some fascinating and high-quality entries; view them all here.

While it was somewhat overshadowed by the IE8 and Silverlight 2 announcements, the SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) announcement during the keynote was significant.  Many news outlets picked up the story a few days later, and we saw some comparisons to a product from Amazon.  You will definitely want to read this reply from the SSDS team: “It is simple, but it is not SimpleDB”.

Shortly after the session on MySpace API’s, Vittorio Bertocci published some information that had been missing from the session.  The team at Microsoft.com video portal demonstrated yet another Microsoft property taking a bet on Silverlight.  And Marc Schweigert facilitated a team of 11 CodePlex developers building an IntelliSense library for Virtual Earth.

Many people attended both MIX08 and SXSW, and it was fun to watch the tweets.  Particularly when Chris Wilson told the guys from Opera and Mozilla to watch sessions.visitmix.com, or when the ultimate Phizzpop design challenge took place at Maggie Mae’s.  We’re looking forward to next year, with SxSWi running from March 13-17th, and MIX09 from March 18th-20th.

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