Microsoft's Dave Treadwell offers a host of information about the developer-oriented Windows Live products and technologies the company will be discussing next week at MIX-08:

For those who don’t know me, I run the Live Platform Services team here at Microsoft. Before coming over to the services world, I spent many years working on .NET, and I feel really fortunate to be working on a part of what I feel will be the next great round of developer platform infrastructure for the industry: platforms to make it easy to create awesome services-based applications.

I wanted to guest post today to let everyone know we’ve got some cool new applications and APIs we’re unveiling at MIX08. The Windows Live platform team has been working hard to expand our services for developers, so they can create rich new experiences for users. I’ll be covering:

  • New services & existing services progress

  • Standardization of frameworks & protocols

  • New pre-release services/tools for experimentation and feedback

  • Windows Live Quick Applications (demo web sites) updates
New services & progressing existing services
Windows Live Messenger Library (new to beta) – “Develop your own IM experience”
Contacts API (progressed to Beta) – “Bring your friends”
Silverlight Streaming (progressed to beta) – “Use our infrastructure to deliver great experiences”

Standardization of frameworks and protocols
Windows Live ID Delegated Authentication--“Safely & securely enable data portability”
Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) as the future direction

Pre-release services for experimentation & feedback
Developer Tools – Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (CTP Refresh) “Drag and Drop Live Services into your apps”
Application Based Storage
Windows Live Photo API (CTP Refresh with AtomPub end point)

Quick App Updates
Visit Planner / Contoso Hotel (new Quick App)
Tafiti Search Visualization (updated with the Windows Live Messenger Library)

Developers can continue to bet their business on us with confidence. Our priorities are simplifying data portability while keeping users safe and continuing to deliver innovative APIs and tools to help the developer community continue to push the envelope. You can expect to hear more from us in the coming months.
Check out the full post for more info, it's a huge list of stuff. Unbelievable. I'm going to MIX'08 next week and I have to say, I'm actually pretty excited about it.