It’s been an interesting week in technology (and it’s not over yet).
First of all, for those that don’t know, the PDC (Microsoft
Professional Developers Conference) has been underway since Monday and
they’ve been unleashing new stuff left and right.
Some of those include:
- A PDC Build of Microsoft Vista (User Interface Video, Exploring and Using Vista Video)
- A PDC Build of Microsoft Office 12 which showcases the dramatic new Office User Interface – a must see (Diving into the New Office Video). Probably the most popular video with 60,000 views already!
- Microsoft Workflow Foundation. I’m still unsure of what the hell
this really does and how it fits in with their other products (when I
have time, I’ll check out the video).
- New version of Sharepoint (Video)
- LINQ, which stands for Language INtegrated Query. From the
channel9 website, LINQ “makes query and set operations, like SQL
statements first class citizens in .NET languages like C# and VB.” I’ve
just scratched the surface of this, but it looks pretty cool so far. I
guess it’s time to watch the video. When you are done with that, head over to this site for some more LINQ resources.
- Information about the ATLAS project which brings AJAX technologies to ASP.NET.
- Microsoft Expression
which includes Graphic Designer (sorta like Adobe Illustrator and
Photoshop(?)), Interactive Designer (think Macromedia Flash) and Web
Designer. Being a web dude myself, I think Web Designer (code named
Quartz) is probably the thing that I’m most excited about that’s been
shown at the PDC so far. I want to get my hands on this software in the
worst possible way.
- There’s more but I’ll let you mosey on over to Scoble’s for the rest…so far, tomorrow is another day after all.
In non-Microsoft tech news, meebo has been released to the public. If you ignored all that Microsoft stuff, listen to this.
Meebo, is an AJAX (web application by virtue of using AJAX) IM client
that allows you to chat on AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, and ICQ. Google Talk,
schmoogle talk. This is hot!
It’s still a
beta alpha so don’t expect things to work
perfectly. I’ve tested the login but at the time that I logged in all
my buddies were sleeping, so I’ll test the actual chat portion tomorrow.
Before anyone uses this service seriously, they need to put up their
went live, but according to their blog they know about it and they are going to fix it.
Oh yeah, and Google released a blog search which only searches blogs. Technorati and Icerocket and others must be sweating it.