WPF/E is coming …


I’ve been talking a lot to web agencies about the rich web experiences and how these can be created on the Microsoft platform. Besides , WPF/E is certainly the most important technology for delivering a rich cross-browser and cross-platform experience.


From the :



““WPF/E” is Microsoft’s solution for delivering rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including animation, graphics, audio and video for the Web and beyond. Utilizing a subset of XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language) based Windows Presentation Foundation technology, “WPF/E” will enable the creation of content and applications that run within multiple browsers, and operating systems (Windows and Mac) using Web standards for programmability.  Consistent with web architecture, the XAML markup is programmable using Java Script and works well with ASP.NET AJAX. Broadly available for customers the first half of 2007, “WPF/E” experiences will require a lightweight browser plug-in made freely available by Microsoft.”


Check out the site to download the The download isn’t there yet but do expect after the weekend!


The site also contains a ton of other great resources like:



After the program managers and , the senior product manager of WPF/E –  – started blogging. Check out their blogs for more info, links, resources on WPF/E.


I’m really looking forward to demo WPF/E because together with the Expression Tools we will then – finally – have a story to tell on creating rich web experiences. A story which goes well beyond creating a rich UI like Adobe/Macromedia Flash does.


Check back the links on Monday and get started now!


Comments (8)

  1. David Boschmans nous annonce via son blog, la sortie de la première CTP de WPF/E. il nous donnent une

  2. JD on EP says:

    WPF/e info: "WPF/e" is Microsoft’s browser plugin for handling a XAML subset in non-Vista environments. Not all links are live yet… I can’t see stats on Mac plugin, for instance, and staff blogs aren’t yet updated. I’m not sure which whitepaper is the

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  4. Ben says:

    What exactly are these tools supposed to provide that is "well beyond creating a rich UI like Adobe/Macromedia Flash does"?

  5. Do my eyes deceive me? WPF/E is coming … MSDN has a WPF/E Dev Center , so it must be true! “WPF/E”

  6. The release of the first (December) CTP of WPF/E and the announcement of the new names and design of

  7. Ben, I’m not saying that WPF/E has/will have more features than Flash but the tools support of the Expression Suite and Visual Studio 2005 enable a better collaboration between developers and designers.

    Designers build their desired user experience and express this as XAML. This XAML can then be directly incorporated by a developer into a Web page using the "WPF/E" runtime.

    Furthermore XAML is XML, it is-text based, providing a firewall-friendly, easy-to-inspect description of the rich contents. Other technologies—such as Java Applets, ActiveX, and Flash—exist that can be used to deploy richer content than DHTML/CSS/JavaScript, they all send binary content to the browser, which is difficult to audit for security—not to mention difficult to update, as any changes require the entire application to be reinstalled, which is not the most user-friendly experience and can lead to stagnation in pages. With "WPF/E" this is not the case: when a change is needed to the rich content, a new XAML file is generated server-side; the next time the user browses to the page, this XAML is downloaded, and the experience is updated without any reinstallation.

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