NIX on Mix 06

Mix06 is NOT Web2 despite Microsoft attempting to portray it that way.

Here's a list of the sessions and my interpretation:

Artificial Intelligence: Using Amazon Mechanical Turk and .NET To Create New Breed of Web App

For anyone who has worked with AI, this isn't AI. It's not Web2 either unless one is under the impression that using Web Services magically transforms an application into a Web2 application.

Building Great Browser Toolbars and Extensions

The browser is NOT the focal point of Web2, nor in some upcoming scenarios is it necessary.

Building Interactive Applications using Windows Live Robots, Activities, and Alerts

Be a lackey for Microsoft and TOTALLY miss out on understanding Web2.

Building Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Applications for the Browser

Sorry but Microsoft is not the centerpiece of Web2.

Build Your Own Search Engine


The Business of RSS

More non-news from the Johnny-come-lately gang at Microsoft. What we really need is a standards committee for RSS.

Coding Living Room Apps for Windows

This is being driven by the Microsoft Media Center team and has NOTHING to do with Web2.

A Designer's Overview of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Not Web2! Only for Microsoft lackeys.

Designing a Better User Experience with AJAX

AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) is hot right now. PASCAL was hot in 1990. No one language or mix of languages and technologies will drive Web2.

Designing for Television and Large Screen Display

STILL not Web2, and STILL being brought to you by the Microsoft Media Center team.

A Developer's Overview of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Another session where Microsoft hopes to suck any loose dollars out of future Web2 applications.

Developing a Better User Experience with "Atlas"

Microsoft continues to troll for those elusive Web2 dollars.

Digital Rights Management: Technology Overview

DRM is an aspect of downloading or using copyrighted material but its NOT Web2!

Extending Your Experience to Mobile Devices

My experience? They must mean the experience of my site. That will be very feature dependent and not a universally acceptable situation within Web2.

Extending Your Experience to the Desktop using Windows Sidebar

Web2 is ONLY for people who buy Windows Vista? WRONG! The Windows Sidebar is such a cheap non-feature it is beneath discussion unless you are 10 years old. (Sorry if I offended any 10 year olds.)

Extending Your Experience to the Living Room

Another Lets-Beat-A-Dead-Horse session brought to you by the apparently desperate Microsoft Media Center team.

Extending Your Experience to the Office Suite

Office 12 and Web2. Is Office 12 shipping? Want to wait until it does to use it with your Web2 application?

Introduction to InfoCard and the Identity Metasystem

Microsoft hawks up the SmartCard AGAIN and hopes no one will notice.

Making Your Site Look Great in Internet Explorer 7

Instead of doing that, make your site look great in W3 industry standard browsers like Opera or Firefox. The only thing the IE team should bring to Mix06 are their resignations for having sat on their asses for FIVE YEARS within putting ANYTHING innovative into IE.

The Opportunity Beyond the Browser

Yes! There are significant opportunities beyond the browser. I doubt you will encounter them at this session though.

Powering eCommerce with PayPal

Not Web2!

RSS Beyond Blogging: Developer Challenges

The non-standard RSS goes beyond blogging? Maybe. Then again, maybe not.

Using Web Services in your Gadget/Widget

More Windows Vista sidebar crap!

Needless to say, I am NOT going to Mix06 unless Microsoft is picking up all of my expenses. Ha!


Joshua Allen said...

Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment on the MIX content lineup. I want to respond to some of your comments, and offer some more insights into our goals for this conference. First, we're very conscious that our technologies are usually deployed in conjunction with technologies that both complement and compete with us. We know that there is rarely a "pure end-to-end Microsoft solution". So we are showcasing companies and technologies which in some cases compete directly with us. This is relatively unprecedented in a Microsoft conference. That being said, we put up the Microsoft sessions first, since those are easier for us to coordinate and get published. If you watch over the coming days, you'll see some of the "pure play" sessions (e.g. Browser Extensions) get dropped, and more representation from other industry players emerge.

Next, we actually did not want to make this a "Web 2.0" conference. Our goal with this conference is to skew toward UX scenarios and scenarios where existing business models are being disrupted and adapted (advertising, media, etc.) We want this conference to be a place to talk about what people are doing now, and so we've tried to keep 85% of the sessions on technologies that are available today or will be within 2006, and which have non-Microsoft sources making money today with the business models.

With that context, I'll respond to a few points, and with the hopes that you'll stay tuned as we finalize the content plan:

AJAX -- AJAX isn't a language, so much as a pattern of development. We recognize that there is a whole spectrum of techniques for building next-generation browser apps, beyond what AJAX provides. We hope to touch on a lot more than AJAX.

Gadgets -- Gadgets are not actually a Windows technology -- gadgets run cross-browser, cross platform. They are more of a "mashup" technology, which let you provide content or services that people can "remix" into their own web pages and chose how they consume them. Vista makes it possible to stick gadgets on your desktop, which is just an additional way for users to consume your web service.

Media Center Focus, Opportunity Beyond the Browser, Sidebar: The general theme here is that we want to show people how to extend their web experience into places where a consumer won't necessarily be sitting in front of a PC with a web browser. Do you know how many symbian devices are out there, which could access your services? Do you know how many homes have Media-Center PVRs connected to their cable/dish? Did you know that *you* can provide content and services to these people? Again, we don't want to insult anyone by pushing technologies that have very small deployment or don't represent real opportunity. We've deliberately stuck to technologies where we can back up with real numbers, and show significant deployment. The goal of the "Business Opportunity" session is to present the hard numbers so that you are armed to make the best decision about how the deployment trends match up with your business. Office 12 is admittedly a bit of an outlier, since broad deployment in corporations will take some time. But for all of these technologies, you are talking about millions of people who can stay connected with you even when they don't have their web browser open.

InfoCard: Infocard is not a MSFT pure-play, and it's not about smart cards. You may be pleasantly surprised to see some real cross-industry collaboration and progress here.

Site Looking Great in IE7: Many people had the same reaction as you to that title. The goal here is actually to talk about the significant strides we've made in CSS conformance; how we have partnered with Web Stabdards Project and other industry advocates for standards, and how you can finally start relying more on "standards-first" design to "just work". There are many implications for designers and web devs accustomed to old IE6 behavior, from demise of CSS hacks to changes in layout, so it's an important session.

Anonymous said...


Scott Johnson from here. I can see truth in your statements but, honestly, I'm going because I like Robert. I'm a startup guy and I do everything on Linux. And I use OS X now fiercely and all my stuff is php + python + I'm going just because I love Robert's work.