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April 27, 2007

Preview of Microsoft announcements at MIX07

Posted by David Hunter at 7:40 PM ET.

CNET’s Martin Lamonica has some buzz about what Microsoft will be announcing next week at their MIX07 conference:

Microsoft next week at its Mix07 conference plans to detail more generous business terms for partners to use its Live online services and to open up new application programming interfaces for Windows Live Spaces.

The company will allow outside developers–which can be at commercial enterprises–to build mash-up applications that generate up to one million unique user visits at their sites per month for free. Beyond that, Microsoft will charge 25 cents per user per year or look to establish a business relationship where it can deliver online ads to those sites, company executives said.

In addition, Microsoft will provide APIs to photos or contact information for its Windows Live Spaces users if they give permission. Windows Live Spaces is Microsoft’s social networking site where people can post blogs, share photos and other information.

The goal is to drive traffic to Microsoft’s Web properties and entice Web businesses to use Microsoft products and services, executives said.

In the face of all this leaking, the folks at Microsoft’s Windows Live Dev News blog are gritting their teeth and suggesting that will have all the details on Monday.

Meanwhile, InfoWorld’s Elizabeth Montalbano reports that sources say that Microsoft will also be announcing that portions of Microsoft’s Silverlight “Flash killer” will be open sourced in order to better compete with Adobe. Microsoft had already promised that a Silverlight beta would be released at MIX07.

Filed under Conferences, MIX07, Microsoft, Silverlight, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Live Spaces

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One Response to “Preview of Microsoft announcements at MIX07”

  1. Microsoft shares Web goodies at MIX07 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] As had been anticipated, Microsoft’s MIX07 conference brought an announcement of a variety of Web technology goodies that Microsoft is itching to get Web developers to use: Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 beta availability. Optimized for the Web, Microsoft Silverlight enables developers and designers to easily use existing skills and Visual Studio and Expression Studio tools to deliver media experiences and rich interactive applications. Silverlight works with any back-end Web platform or technology, seamlessly integrating with existing infrastructure and applications, including Apache and PHP, as well as JavaScript and XHTML on the client. Beta 1.0 includes a go-live license, which means customers can deploy their Silverlight applications in production. Final availability of Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 is scheduled for summer 2007. [...]

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