Sampy said that we should keep an eye on the keynote. Does anyone want to put something in this thread, for the record, as to what we might see? I, for one, would like to see something that does not have to do with the cloud, the social, the SharePoint, or the apps that have been around for years only but recently ported to web browsers.
Since Muglia is doing the keynote, I feel that there is little to no chance of this happening. Oh well. On to better and brighter thoughts!
I would like to see new managed APIs, for Windows, that will expose things that would otherwise need native code to utilize. Oh, and one more thing, the Windows App Store!
I am very interested.
Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some features of Windows 7 and Windows Vista from managed code. These Windows features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework.
The individual features supported in this version (v1.1) of the library are:
Direct3D 11.0, Direct3D 10.1/10.0, DXGI 1.0/1.1, Direct2D 1.0, DirectWrite, Windows Imaging Component (WIC) APIs
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Task Dialogs
Sensor Platform APIs
@JoshRoss: It's probably my pessimistic nature but I'm expecting lots of cloud stuff that locks us into a Microsoft ecosystem in a decreasingly Microsoft-dominated world.
I, for one, would like to see something that does not have to do with the cloud, the social, the SharePoint, or the apps that have been around for years only but recently ported to web browsers.
Yup, bored of the 'cloud' already. Microsoft wants to get into the web-hosting business, WE GET IT.
If Microsoft wants to see their 2019 vision come true they'll need a lot more than just a cloud infrastructure. Devices spring to mind: unless Microsoft thinks it can manufacture every screen, projector, digital newspaper, airline ticket, cellphone and whatnot in that video, they'd better get cracking on .NET support on all sorts of third party platforms.We've only got nine years left, after all.
Also how about some NUI stuff?
I think it's going to be a new Solitaire game
You've been reading that Solitaire article on Kotaku, haven't you?
A new Solitaire game would be more exciting to me that yet more Azure announcements.
Glad i'm not the only one tired of the Azure annuoncements. Most of the people interested in these conferences have their own infrastructure and i'd prefer it if Microsoft concentrated on the stuff that "developers" really want.
They can be cloud specialist. They still need to use cloud storage properly, otherwise they will waste a lot of storage and lower performace. My company definitly will still use their own database. Too much data for Azure pricing. But, I can see we are getting into management problems. Even if you have unlimited amount of storage, if you don't think about better data management, you are still screwed.
@JoshRoss:I know right, pretty lame. The cloud itself is just lame. Everyone knows it. About the only cool and useful cloud service is Amazon S3. Kinda weird.
"Channel 9 - big bet on Windows Azure, now running on Azure not on-premise. New Windows Azure management portal. Big improvement. Channel 9 service has two roles, Memcached and Channel9view (web role, hosting the site); two instances of the latter. Connect button to use Remote Desktop to connect directly to the server. Uses Process Explorer.
Can also load Azure-based IIS into Visual Studio.
Channel 9 encodes video into 8 different formats. Uses EvNet Video Publisher. Uses a Hyper-V VM installed in the cloud. Uses virtual networking feature to provide domain access to that machine. Can mix and match on premise network resources with cloud-hosted resources. They all work the same way."
But yes agreed, for me at least Azure is kinda boring even though I know eventually most apps will run in the cloud. I think in 10 - 20 years the concept of downloading an installer and running it on your computer will be laughable.
I can hardly believe the grief that I have had developing and supporting apps running on bespoke Enterprise platforms in the past. If CEOs have any real inkling of the invisible cost of this then they would embrace Azure with open arms..
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