Bill Gates’ keynote is still going on, but the press release is already out. Big themes:
- Office 12
- Windows Vista
- New Platform Technologies:
• The Language Integrated Query (LINQ) Project is a set of language innovations for the Microsoft .NET Framework that makes it simpler for developers to access data. LINQ comprises a set of language extensions to C# and Visual Basic® and a unified programming model that extends the .NET Framework to offer integrated querying for objects, databases and XML. LINQ enables developers to write queries for accessing data natively in C# or Visual Basic without having to use other languages, such as Structured Query Language (SQL) or XQuery.
• Windows Presentation Foundation “Everywhere” is a subset of the full Windows Presentation Foundation, a powerful platform-level presentation and display engine. Windows Presentation Foundation “Everywhere” enables the ubiquitous delivery of content-rich scenarios on different platforms and form factors.
More on LINQ in the Q&A.