Microsoft wants you and everyone you know to join its cloud, or the mesh network it aims to create for all of your devices to communicate with applications and to each other. At the Mix '08 confab, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie said,
Just imagine the possibilities of unified application management across the device mesh, centralized, Web-based deployment of device-based applications. Imagine an app platform that's cognizant of all of your devices.
Microsoft also owns the mesh.com domain name, so the use of the word mesh was certainly intentional marketing, of course nobody has ever claimed that Microsoft has a bad marketing department.
One of the technologies that Microsoft hopes that developers will embrace is Silverlight, a competitor to Flash that delivers high quality video. NBC will use Silverlight to broadcast the upcoming Olympics. Over 2200 hours of coverage will be available, allowing users to see the video in a browser. IE 8 was also on the agenda for the developer-centric event with Beta 1, a preview for developers, available now. A larger beta geared towards end users will be released in the summer.
Microsoft looking for a Silverlight bullet (News.com)
Microsoft releases Silverlight 2 beta (InfoWorld)
Broader release of IE 8 coming this summer (News.com)
IE 8 looks like it will be a nice improvement, but its schedule may push it back to release around the time that the next desktop OS is set to hit. Despite some of the reported features of IE 8, I don't see us implementing it in our workplace for quite some time. An upgrade to IE is a fairly major undertaking, and I don't like to implement new applications until they have been tested for a while. Do you see your business testing IE 8 in the near future?