The keynote is now over, I just finished a speedy lunch (burp), and I'm sitting in Halls C&D for the "Lap around the Windows Communication Foundation". I'm eager to learn more about the latest state of the "Indigo" part of WinFX.
I'm left with a bitter taste about the earlier keynote. The presentation wasn't that much dynamic (except for Don Box, Anders Hejlsberg, Chris Anderson and Scott Guthrie), and the chance to get a i-mate JASJAR for only 149$, which ended up on a very sad note: 5 minutes after getting out of the keynote, there were none left… all sold out. That means you had to leave the keynote in the middle to get one, even though Jim Allchin told us there were no need to rush out. You can have an outstanding presentation, if the conclusion is disappointment, it ends up useless. This promotion was a bad idea. Someone should have told Jim!
Speaking of Jim Allchin, I thought he wasn't in a good day. He often hesitated and was searching his text a lot. Too bad because I respect him a lot.
Avalon and Indigo, I'm sorry, Windows Presentation Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation are too close from releasing to be exciting announcements this year. I feel the concepts I saw two years ago at PDC 2003 didn't change a lot since then. At most, the interfaces have changed a little bit, Visual Studio .NET has improved to expose those functionalities better, but the rest tastes like reheated contents.
I hope to get more new stuff during sessions.