Standards-based web development
.NET 3.5 (includes Linq), Visual Studio 2008, IIS 7 (very componentised), Windows Server 2008
Coming in 2008:
New APS.NET MVC, ASP.NET AJAX update, New ASP.NET Data Dynamic. Information about this has been on Scott’s blog for a while.
IE8 – first public preview (mostly about standards)
1 CSS 2.1 support
2 CSS Certification – 702 test cases contributed by MS to W3C group because spec can have some ambiguous interpretations
3 Performance – modern sites are script-heavy – ie8 much closer to other browsers
4 Start of HTML 5 support – supporting back button in AJAX, (first demo applause), disconnection notification, local offline storage (applause)
5 Developer Tools – Debug developer tools in IE8 – Break points, watches, object model and applicable style tree syncing from selection (applause)
6 Activities – integrating experiences – select browser text and see popup-menu of activities (maps, purchase, ebay, etc.) declared through xml in minutes – OpenService Specification (through Creative Commons)
7 WebSlices – Subscribe to information related to pieces selected on a page (then carried in browser UI across any site), declared through WebSlice Specification (again Creative Commons).
8 Beta 1 available to developers microsoft.com/ie/ie8