Very interesting ... I'll try to squeeze some time in this weekend to watch and read up on this, while also trying to find time to play with the Kinect SDK ... not enough time in the day!
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@DeathByVisualStudio: The blog is a blog ... sure we can politely ask the blog owner to put a link in, but seriously, is it that hard to do an actual search for yourself? There's a ton of links related to Powershell, why should they necessarily have the download as the top link? Adding "download" to the keywords refines the search, and it seems to be the logical thing to do rather than post to the Coffeehouse complaining that it's hard to find.
http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?form=MSHOME&mkt=en-us&setlang=en-us&q=powershell has the download page as the 3rd link. http://search.microsoft.com/Results.aspx?q=powershell+download&mkt=en-US&FORM=QBME1&l=1&refradio=0 has it as the 1st link. 'Nuff said!
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Well, mystery solved. Damn, I'm going to miss it. When will it be available on demand?
@contextfree`: Point taken, but while the whole package out of the box may be a big deal, all of these things have been possible before and while it's good that things will be easier, what's new enough about all of this to be as big a difference as Windows 3.1 vs. Windows '95? New APIs that make what was possible before, slightly easier, isn't that big a deal. Support for ARM, was announced a while ago, and demoed at Mix'11. Touch isn't new.
Why switch the conference from "PDC" to "BUILD"? There's something going on deeper than what has been announced, otherwise MS devs wouldn't be saying, "None of us at Microsoft can say anything until //build/ in September"; everything you mentioned has already been officially announced (except the new version of COM, AFAIK). One thing is for sure, I'm going to do my best to make the conference this year. I'll be sorely dissappointed if things don't pan out along the lines I've predicted. I've been wrong in the past, however, so I won't be too surprised, either way.
Let me also quote from http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/emeijer/Papers/DemocratizingTheCloudOOPSLA2007.pdf:
I'll point out http://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Charles/Erik-Meijer-Democratizing-the-Cloud as well, again, so that those who haven't seen this will see that nearly 5 years has passed and these experimental ideas are ripe for production, IMO.
"Our approach means no compromises—you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer to run the apps you love. This is sure to inspire a new generation of modern hardware and software development, improving the experience for PC users around the world." - BUILD
They are also touting this as the biggest thing since Windows 95. That's a hard sell. There has to be a reason, and it's not HTML5/JS.
@ContextFree: Microsoft already has implemented an IL to JS compiler in Volta. I tried to find a link, but guess what, all the Volta videos are no longer available. Strange?? Not really. However, I'll concede that maybe it's C# to JS ... which Script# already does, but not as deeply. Also see http://hildr.luminance.org/Platformer/Platformer.html ; there's nothing stopping compilation from one Turing complete runtime to another but imagination, and blood, sweat and tears (and buckets of cash).
I think that BUILD will actually be about the new compiler technology that Bartok and Pheonix research has led to, and not just about Windows 8. I believe that Microsoft doesn't really have much intention to make tools to directly manipulate HTML/JS, but will extend existing tools, in particular Blend and VS to compile down to HTML/JS - and run on a JS based .NET Framework.
I also think we'll be able to target either CLR=>IL=>JS or CLR=>Bartok/Pheonix=>Native. I think that there will also be a way to compile parts of an application from CLR=>IL=>JS and parts to native. As the Windows 8 leaks have demonstrated, the Windows 8 sample applications have HTML/JS UIs, that interop with the Windows Runtime dlls by marshalling JSON through MSHelpUI.dll to other dlls, which appear to be compiled from C# into native dlls. It also appears that the UI can either be targeted to be output as HTML/JS or XAML/IL, or native Win32.
Of course, I have absolutely no idea if any of this is correct.
@Nabarun: Hadoop will work on Azure: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mariok/archive/2011/05/11/hadoop-in-azure.aspx