So, with Silverlight’s main conference of interest over, what did you make of MIX11? Sure, Silverlight was pretty poorly mentioned in the two keynotes as HTML5, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Phone 7 stole much of the limelight, BUT there was still plenty of breakout sessions that featured Silverlight 4 and beyond.

MIX11 website If you weren’t lucky enough to go, don’t despair! All the sessions were recorded and are available for download or streaming at your own leisure []. Quite a few downloaded videos have made it onto my Windows Phone 7 handset to make my train journeys a bit more productive!

tech.days.2011 website Back here in the UK, the tech.days.2011 week is fast approaching (23rd-27th May for London). This week of events is definitely worth a visit, with a strong line up of speakers and interesting subjects in the realms of Mobile, Client, Cloud, Web, Desktop and Server (so the slogan says!). You don’t have to attend all the days, in fact registration is for a day-at-a-time and for a particular stream. Again, don’t think you’ve missed out by not going in person, many of the sessions will be recorded.


Both these two events have something in common with the speaker at the May Silverlight UK User Group… Mike Taulty.

Mike paired up with John Papa at MIX11 to host the pre-conference Silverlight BootCamp. Mike is also speaking at the forthcoming tech.days.2011 on Silverlight, which means that he’ll have some pretty relevant things to say about Silverlight 5 (beta). So, I’m very pleased to confirm the following agenda:


Date: Wednesday 18th May 2011
Time: Registration @ 18:15, Kick off @18:30 – please don’t be late! Till about 20:30
Where: EMC Consulting 
Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.

Registration is required, so please register by sending us an email.
Registered attendees will be notified with any final details by Monday 16th May. If you change your mind and decide on not coming, please be considerate of others and let us know in good time so that we can release the space to someone on the waiting list.



Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

Silverlight 5 – the beta and beyond
with Mike Taulty from Microsoft

The Silverlight 5 beta was released just last month at the MIX 11 conference in Las Vegas and makes significant advances in various areas like graphics, media, data and in the application model allowing new scenarios that are either impossible or difficult today in Silverlight 4. In this session we’ll take a look at what’s present in the beta, poke around in some demos to figure out how things work and we’ll also talk about features that are not in the beta but will be coming before release later this year.



About Mike Taulty

Mike Taulty 

Mike Taulty works in the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft in the UK where he has spent the past few years helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, Mike spent 3 years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies.

Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous 9 years working as a software developer for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies. | Twitter: @mtaulty | LinkedIn Profile


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