Avalon CTP released — Yes it runs on XP!

Like many many others I am also excited about the Avalon CTP release for a number of reasons:

  • It runs on Windows XP!  (I no longer need to boot into a separate partition to write samples for my (recently neglected) blog 😉
  • We have the beginnings of tool support!  The WinFX SDK installs templates for VS.NET for Avalon projects.
  • The have been numerous advancements across Avalon since WinHEC.

Up until this point only the very brave, installing Longhorn on a spare box and working entirely from the command line, have been able to provide us with feedback.  I am hopeful that the CTP release, while still a bit unpolished and clearly not final, will be accessible enough that we will begin to hear more from the community.

How do you get it?  It's available for download for MSDN subscribers (including Academic Alliance).

Comments (4)
  1. Paul Neave says:

    I’d love to get stuck into the new Avalon 3D capabilities… but I just can’t afford the MSDN subscription fee. It’s a real shame, as I’d love to offer feedback and help contribute to the final release. What to do?

  2. danlehen says:

    Hi Paul –

    There are many others who have expressed the same frusteration. Clearly Avalon will not be "subscribers only" forever, but for the short term I am afraid the answer is to be patient. I’ll do what I can to make sure your feedback is heard.

    If you happen to be a student, many universities have an MSDNAA subscription that students may not be aware of. (It’s really criminal not too. A nominal flat rate fee licenses all students and faculty for almost anything you could want and they are pretty loose about what you can install the software on, it’s a phenominal deal.)


    – Daniel

    PS – Very cool site, BTW. When you do get your hands on a copy of Avalon I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

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