Microsoft® Week highlights: Windows 8, Silverlight 5 and Windows Phone
The month of September started with a lot of excitement for Microsoft, as they peddled the curiosity with which their ongoing projects ‘Windows 8’ and ‘Mango’ are awaited for release. On the first of the month, one of the blog posts from the company mentioned about these projects along with its other upcoming products, like Windows 8, Silverlight 5, and Windows Phone, with avid enthusiasm. Microsoft seems to be banking upon the intrigue among people for the forthcoming releases.
Microsoft has raised the expectations of people after a successful launch of Windows 7, which came out as a highly improvised and enriched operating system. In its blog, released on 1st of September, Microsoft mentioned the importance of delivering Windows 8 as the next level of engineering excellence. The two important highlights of the blog with respect to the development of this upcoming operating system are:
• Customized product for various user scenarios (developers, IT administrators, etc).
• New experience model by transforming the user interface.
Microsoft is also working on Silverlight technology, which was primarily introduced to enhance the creation of better media experience and rich Internet applications for the web. Silverlight 5, based on its previous version Silverlight 4, has more than 40 new features to dramatically improve the video quality, performance, and developer’s productivity for such applications, as announced by Microsoft. Currently, a beta version of Silverlight 5 is available for free download. Some of its important features include:
• Improved media support and rich UI
• Better Next-Generation layout and modeling
• Performance improvement and 64-bit support
• Graphics improvement
• Integration of Trusted Application Model in the browser
• Visual Studio Tools
Further, embarking on the wait for Windows Phone Mango, Microsoft also disclosed a positive answer to the anticipation of whether the phone will feature a front facing camera. Microsoft further stated that there would also be a supplementary API platform to provide rich apps options. With a remark that many more features will accompany the Mango phone, Microsoft has indeed raised the anticipation level of the fans all the more