Every MIX conference has an overreaching theme it seems. In 2008 – my first year – the theme was the Dev-Igner – the developer – designer hybrid – and how that person was going to find a place in the web development universe. This was spurred on by the launch of Silverlight and all the tools associated with it. 2010 (I didn’t go in 2009) was all about Mobile and the launch of Windows Phone 7 later that year. This year the focus is HTML5, illustrated by the picture above. It may seem surprising, it may be confusing, but it actually makes a lot of sense.
For anyone not working within or closely associated with the Microsoft universe the seemingly sudden shift to a focus on web standards, open source and interoperability may seem as a sudden and irratic shift. But it has actually been going on for a long time. It’s just that with the release of IE9 just a few weeks ago Microsoft suddenly went from being the reason why web standards and cutting edge web technologies couldn’t be implemented to a company leading the way and in many respects leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. So with that in mind the focus on HTML5 isn’t so strage after all.
Not to sound like a crazy cheer leader or anything, but the future looks bright. Or to put it in my own humble terms: Microsoft has seen the light and is accepting what we have known all along: Web standards and open source is where the future lies.
I’m really looking forward to the Keynote tomorrow where there are rumours they will be announcing some cool stuff that will make our startup PhotoPivot.com even more revolutionary.
Oh yeah, if you haven’t done so yet, go to PhotoPivot.com, check out the app and sign up for the beta. That was just my little plug.
Check out my continuously updated photostream from MIX11 on Flickr.