Bing sent me to MIX as an attendee this year and so far it has been a blast. It’s great to be able to listen to customer concerns and take the temperature of a technology by checking out how many people show up to a talk. Most of all it’s fun to talk to the people who own the technologies I care about (especially the developers). It’s also nice to occasionally get props for my contributions to Silverlight even though I’ve since left the team.
I know the transition from Silverlight to HTML5 can be painful as I made the switch myself when I joined the Bing team. The good news - and it’s something I think we can do a better job of emphasizing - is that by cobbling together frameworks like jQuery, jQuery templates, and Knockout.js it’s possible to follow a development model similar to Silverlight and consequently achieve similar levels of productivity.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s talks!