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Last week we got our party shoes on and attended the BIMA Awards 2007.  It was held at the Truman Galleries and was a fab evening. Always great to hear about all the cool solutions being delivered. We hosted a table and Steve gave an award.

Take a look at the photos from the night.

Images 24/25/28/29 are of our table. See the guys from AllofUs, Lightmaker, Monochrome & Splendid all dressed up for the occasion! 🙂 Congratulations to AllofUs for the award they won for the BBC History project.

You can find the winners listed here.

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And on that topic…  registrations for Mix 08 are open!!

Where & When?

March 5 – 7, 2008
The Venetian, Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

What is it?

“Now in its third year, MIX is an intimate opportunity for cutting-edge technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web. Come explore the latest wave of opportunities and help redefine the boundaries between: content and commerce, PC and TV, Windows and the Web. “

Steve Ballmer will be giving a keynote.

Take a look … Mix08.

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Just made available …. 23 hours of Video from MIX:UK now live on www.microsoft.com/uk/mix07

…. and of course its a Silverlight player!

As well as the keynote the videos include :

  • 4 hours of Scott Guthrie on Silverlight and ASP.NET.
  • 2 Hours of Windows Live with Danny Thorpe and Angus Logan
  • Agencies covering Viral Gaming, Silverlight, Video and getting started with Silverlight (Kerb, Metaliq, Kempt, Conchango)
  • Iron Python, Tablet and mobile, Accessibility, SEO
  • Community sessions
  • Inspirational Sessions

And apparently we still have a further 13 hours still to be posted!! 🙂

We are heading up to Scotland this week and Blognation has picked up our visit. Looking forward to meeting lots of people in the User Experience market in Scotland!

Microsoft to Speak at Edinburgh’s Third Tuesday

Ewan Spence –

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Edinburgh’s Third Tuesday meetings continue to gather pace and some great guests. The next meeting will be this week in Home House at 7.30pm.

As always there will be time mix and mingle before the main presentation, which this month is from a team at Microsoft, including Emma Bateson, Solution Channel Development Manager. We’re told that topics will include the user experience, and new technologies including the Silverlight rich internet application framework for developer. This is a good step from Microsoft as the central belt of Scotland (Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow) are becoming strong players in some of the Web 2.0 spaces, including casual online gaming.

Head over to the Third Tuesday Calendar to RSVP.

For those of you that might have missed our Mix:UK event a couple of weeks ago – the BBC has released a Digital Planet Podcast on the BBC News Technology page.

This is a 27 minute programme that was broadcast on the BBC World Service and is dedicated to the Mix:UK event and Microsoft’s web technologies.

Download (12.2mb)

Digital Planet

Yes MIX UK 07 is drawing closer and the site went live yesterday.

The great news is that several of the agencies we’ve been engaging with over the last 12 months will be presenting sessions at this years event. I’ll post a list of speakers once the line up is final.

In the meantime you can visit the site at:

www.microsoft.com/uk/mix07

Or if you’re on Facebook keep an eye on:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2538818341

MIX this year was a great success. From the feedback we got direct from attendees, anecdotally at the agency dinner, or more visually via some of the photos we’ve seen 😉 A good time was had by one and all.

One of the big changes with MIX this year was that when the doors closed on MIX 07 in Vegas this wasn’t the end of MIX. It was more like the beginning!

Not only has the web site been updated constantly since the end of the event but MIX has been out on the road.

Known as ReMIX in the other geographies, ReMIX has been run in 9 countries in 8 weeks in the EMEA region. Taking the best bits that were at MIX in Vegas and adding a local flavour. This is one of the reasons things have been fairly quiet of late as I’ve been on the road with the ReMIX team and presented sessions at 5 of the events. I’m happy to report that the last event has now drawn to a close. The final event was in South Africa, which was a prefect place to end the ReMIX tour as it was held in the Casino complex at Fourways in Johannesburg.

And yes it is every bit as bizarre as Las Vegas.

I had lunch today at an Italian Restaurant on a Tuscan Street under a moonlit sky… at midday in South Africa while the sun beat down outside, while UK 80s music played over the speaker system – yes very Vegas!

One of the positive things that came out of my travels is the number of developers I met that have not been interacting with designers or agencies at all up to now.

In the Netherlands there were over 2500 people in the room for the keynote at the DevDay event of which ReMIX was a small part, and when asked how many had been concentrating on UX, or working with agencies I could have counted the number of raised hands on one hand with a few fingers to spare.

I think this is going to be a massive opportunity over the next 12 – 18 months as the developers that Microsoft know very well come looking for help on the UX side as they are start to understand the impact this can make on the final product. The new technologies and tools are also showing them that while the positive impact on the final result is high, the impact on their traditional workflow’s is minimal and they’ll be able to develop and iterate versions quicker with an agency onboard than without. This has been bourne out at at all the ReMIX events that I’ve attended. Interest in improving user experience and customer retention and satisfaction is high on their agenda, but they don’t know where or who to turn to.

This is one area we aim to rectify this year.

It will be down to the Partner program we are putting in place, and people such as Emma, Andrew and myself to act as match maker between the opportunities the developers are bringing to us with the right agency with the right skill set.

So as you test out the technologies and tools in more detail over the coming months, keep us up to date, let us know what’s working, what isn’t working, continue to show us the internal POCs you may be building as we can use all this information to really help us understand you better as we move forward over the next 12 months.

Thinking of ReMIX again, I’d like to say a special thanks to the guys from Conchango for their support at many of these events.

But what of ReMIX UK.

Well as you saw from Emma’s recent post like typical Brits we like to be a bit different. So we’re not holding ReMIX in July like everyone else, we’ve decided to hold it in September on the 11th and 12th, new content, new speakers, a great venue and already some interesting things bubbling up to show 🙂 I think it was worth waiting!

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Budapest:
The set up and venue.

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Netherlands:
Getting ready for the keynote, the ReMIX picnic table, and the largest hi-def projector screen I’ve ever seen!

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South Africa:
Sneaking in as Beau Amber gets set up for his session, Tuscany… Casino style.

The date has been released!

Following on from Mix 07 in Vegas earlier this year, we have announced dates for MixUk for web designers & web developers.

At Mix:UK 07 you will:

  • Get creative inspiration from design and development gurus, web agencies and innovators
  • Discover how technologies like Silverlight, Expression, and Live Services are already being used to create a new generation of rich media experiences and RIAs (Rich Interactive Applications)
  • Connect with others in the industry who, like yourself, have a passion for innovation and creativity and have built personal and business success on that passion.

Register your interest now to ensure your place.

Posted by: Emma Bateson

            

Last week we had a small gathering of some of the UK Web Agencies that have been involved in discussions with Microsoft around the early adoption of our technology. This was a good opportunity to hear about Mix07 which had just taken place in Vegas, and a chance to hear feedback from our Partners about their use of the technology to date.

The next day I had some great emails so thought I would share a few of these with you…

“Just wanted to say well done on putting on a great event last night – a really good crowd and lots of enthusiasm in the room.”

“Comment 1:That wine gave me a headache 😦 Comment 2: … was good to chat to the enemy 😉

“I just wanted to say a big thanks for last night, I had a fantastic time and it was great to talk to you all about stuff, business related or not! I came home not just p*ssed but really excited too, don’t think I’ve been quite so excited since the early days of my career!!!”

As Microsoft continues to build a channel around this solution there will be a growing number of events for our Partners to get involved.

posted by: Emma Bateson

Last week we attended the latest in a line of events from Carson Systems – the Future of Web Design, yet again they pulled off another good event – even more so when you consider this was their first event in the designer area of the market.

This year Microsoft is making baby steps into the design community with the Expression Tools, Silverlight, WPF, ASP.Net AJAX and this was the next small step. Announcing everything to the community!

Coming hot on the heels of the NAB Silverlight announcements there was a lot of interest in the products and technology at the booth, and for us this event was really a put the flag in the ground moment, we’re here, we’re serious about the market, and we have some great v1 products and technology.

You can get a good feel for the event with Mel’s FOWD Flickr group here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mellyoggs/sets/72157600085645981/

We also sponsored the Microsoft Dungeon… or Lounge, or Chill Zone or… you get the idea… it was a great place to catch up with old friends, grab a drink and still have access to the slides and audio stream from the main conference.

The Lounge, full to the rafters, WiFi, power, bean bags what more do you need at a conference!

  

Microsoft Expression water, freshly bottled from Peckham Spring, and we got a great deal from Del Boy 😉

 

Jon Harris
Microsoft, UXe