WinForms on Silverlight

The team has been obscenely busy shipping Silverlight v1.0 and working on Silverlight v1.1 so I haven't had much chance to post lately, but this stopped me in my tracks.  Via Tim's blog I saw this implementation of Windows Forms on top of Silverlight by a company called Netika

Having worked on the Windows Forms team for 5+ years I know how much work it was for our team to implement all these features on top of Win32 (especially ToolStrips).  Seeing Netika implement much of the WinForms library on the Silverlight alpha in just a few months blows me away.  They've implemented focus, text input including selectioin, combobox, ToolStrips with docking support, and my favorite, the design surface.

There's a whole set of demos here, click the image below to run the design surface demo.  Notice they've implemented a preview as well, just click the green play button.


Comments (6)
  1. Andre says:

    Yeah, a button and a checkbox definitely blows me away…

    Only a few controls left and we have the same functionality as under GEOS.

  2. WynApse says:

    Silverlight Cream for June 27, 2007 Plus Scott Guthrie/Stefan Schackow in Phoenix June 27 — tomorrow!

  3. JohnGalt says:

    This needs to be natively part of Silverlight, and it’s a real shame that it isn’t because Microsoft would have a HTML killer on their hands if they did.

  4. Mike Harsh no enseña en su post WinForms on Silverlight un producto que está desarrollando la empresa

  5. says:


    Fantastic Mike I am wishing to see the final version

  6. oooyooo says:


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