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Today’s session in the morning got some focuses on the developer side.
First we got Matthew Hardman, APAC DPE Evangelist, to show us things about Windows Vista Media Center, and how developers write programs for this edition of Vista.
Basically some apporaches to write programs for Vista Media Center, one is through Hosted HTML , another is through XBAP (WinFX XAML Browser Application), the other is through MCML (Media Center Markup Language). using Hosted HTML and XBAP can write programs that’s not only able to run on Vista Media Center, but also can run on other versions of Windows Vista. If the application needs features that comes only from Vista Media Center (visual effect , Aero glass, etc), using MCML is the only way to leverage all of them.
According to Matthew, all the stuffs will be available in Vista Media Center SDK. Matthew’s blog here. and a blog dedicate to Vista Media Center development is here at http://blog.mdeiacentersandbox.com.
I was impressed by the UI design and interaction ways of Vista Media Center (via remote control device), definately will dig into the development details!
the next session we got Chiwei Che, Development Lead of Microsoft Advanced Technology Center at China, to present to us Speech Recognition and Text to Speech technologies and how they are integrated into new development object models as well as new Server and Client products, including Windows Vista.
Speech Recognition and Text to Speech abilities are now in Vista Beta 2 bits, so everyone with Beta 2 copy can try that. I was impressed by the way they integrate Speech Recognition into Office Applications as well as Command Navigation.
after lunch, we got MS Singapore Senior TS Kok Leong Lim to present to us Business Deployment of Vista. He pointed out many tools and places inside Vista to tweak, to let client machine interact with SMSv4 , it should be really useful for IT Pros in companies to learn and use those things to minimize engineering time as well as TCO of company.
The last session we got Ravi Sankar from Microsoft India to present to us Vista Security. lots of security features were added to Vista as well as IE 7 , also the amount of GP (Group Policy) IT Pros can control is doubled as well compared with what it had in Windows XP.
That ends up the whole 2 days Windows Vista training sessions here at Singapore. As a developer, I do interested in those new programming models that will make developers do things easier. for the IT Pro side, I do got many information I was not known about by just installing Vista in my Virtual Enviroment (VMWare Workstation actually). also I noticed that there indeed have many functions, especially those graphic functions, do only run if people install Vista at a real machine. but even it’s like that, Microsoft Windows Vista Team do managed to confront and success the mission to make Vista OS core runs at any machine without problems, and I do think that’s a very good practice for a OS design should be.
Well, I just want to say thanks to Microsoft Community and MVP team (special thanks to the help from Cally Ko and TW MVP Lead Cathy Lee) to give me the chance to join this wonderful sessions and meet lots of cool IT Pros and developers who have passion of Windows Vista. It’s nice to know and meet you all and I am looking forward to see you at next summit or training or meetings.
Heading back to Taiwan today as the time I am finishing this post, and am going to start my new job by flying to Tokyo tomorrow.