We’re missing out on Mix in Vegas tomorrow for the first time in a long time, but here are a couple of things we’d love to see announced. We love Microsoft design technologies like Silverlight and Surface, but they have a lot of catching up to do to equal Adobe CS4 quality.
Microsoft Surface 2
Now with non-2005 hardware, smaller/better box
Expression Design 4
Gets in the same league as Illustrator, adds bitmap support
Expression Web 4
A good little app, unsung hero of the bunch, needs some UI love
Expression Blend 4
Round-trip xaml/vector editing, blending modes
3D support, spline based animation/easing
Surprise us, at least more than the difference between WPF3-WPF4 (catching up with Silverlight)
Internet Explorer 9
HTML 5, Canvas tag, SVG. Christ.
Windows Mobile 7
Apple App-type store, so we can steal ideas from Apple Apps, rebuild them in Silverlight, profit
Pussycat dolls and free bar again.
Also, free Windows 7 phone each. Have fun out there :)