WinFX and Windows Vista Timeline – what you need to know…


A number of my early adopters have been asking me about the impact of a recent timeline announcement on Vista and WinFX. This is my attempt at a succinct answer.


Business customers will get Vista in Nov 2006. Vista will include WinFX. At the same time WinFX will be broadly available for download to all customers (and my ISVS) for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. A finished WinFX will not be made available before this time but we will continue to release Community Tech Previews of WinFX and Vista.


At the moment we have a go-live license for WCF and WF for the January CTP of WinFX.We expect to have a go-live license for all of WinFX later in the year – August? ish? 🙂


I hope that clears it up – a little 🙂

Comments (4)

  1. Does this mean that the Vista bits will be available for download for the MSDN Subscribers in November, or even sooner end October? 🙂

    ANSWER: It will be available to MSDN Subscribers as well

  2. Dan says:

    When you say “Vista will include WinFX” does this mean that the WinFX runtimes will be installed and actually running by default on Vista?  Or does this mean the the installer for WinFX will be “included” but not actually installed?

    I really hope it’s the former – it really would be a terrible crime to have all these great new APIs and then not have them installed by default!

    ANSWER: WinFX will be installed

  3. Sam Gentile says:

    Andrew has posted a pointer to a succinct answer from a Microsoft employee on the very important impact of a recent timeline announcement on Vista and WinFX. Those of us who have dependencies in our products and our beta and ship cycles on WinFX have

  4. Shadi Mari says:

    Is it safe to use WF in production although it’s in Beta2 and do you expect there will be breaking changes in the coming releases?

    This is very important for me to decide whether to go with WF or other commercial workflows at the moment.

    ANSWER: We have early adopters who will be using the Beta in production – but they do have support routes they can call upon.