Windows Phone and Silverlight chiefs to keynote MIX11

Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Silverlight chiefs are set to return to keynote MIX 2011.

The software giant’s annual web and developer conference kicks off on April 12 this year in Las Vegas. MIX is aimed at professionals who design and build the latest web sites. For the second year in a row, Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows phones will keynote MIX again. Blefiore will also be joined by Scott Guthrie, who heads Microsoft’s .NET Developer Platform. Guthrie runs the development teams responsible for delivering Silverlight, Visual Studio and the .NET Framework technologies for building client and Web applications.

Registration for MIX 2011 opened this week but Microsoft is keeping the session list and agenda close to its chest. The company is expected to deliver the final version of Internet Explorer 9 at MIX11 and talk up developer improvements for Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft is working on a second Windows Phone 7 update will introduce enhanced developer controls for applications. Microsoft is expected to open up several new APIs that will allow for greater multi-tasking, in-app downloads and better customization for end users. Microsoft is also working on a major overhaul of the Windows Phone 7 browser. In a job posting, listed in November, the software maker promises a “major overhaul of standard support and new approaches to make significant advances in performance, power consumption and bandwidth utilization.” It’s possible that Microsoft may be ready to detail its future Internet Explorer mobile plans at MIX in April. Microsoft is believed to be planning Flash and HTML5 support for Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft is likely to debut its public beta of Silverlight 5 at MIX 2011. Guthrie announced Microsoft’s plans for Silverlight 5 at a special developer event in December last year. Microsoft has promised to deliver a public beta in the second quarter of 2011 with a final release by the end of the year. Guthrie describes Silverlight 5 as a “major new release” which brings significant enhancements to media support. Silverlight 5 will include hardware media decoding to stream 1080p video on Netbooks. Microsoft will also deliver a 64-bit version of Silverlight with version 5.


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