The WinFX November CTP was released this morning. Most notably, this is the first version of WinFX that runs against the final .NET Framework 2.0 bits. This means that you can now build WinFX applications using the RTM version of Visual Studio 2005, including the freely available Express Editions. To get going:
- Uninstall any previous releases of WinFX (you can use the WinFX Runtime Components Uninstall Tool to help).
- Install the WinFX Runtime Components November CTP. If you don’t intend to develop your own WinFX applications, you can stop here (for example, perhaps you only want to run demos, samples, etc.). Otherwise…
- Install the Windows SDK for WinFX November CTP. The SDK contains documentation, samples, and tools to support WinFX development. Note that the WinFX SDK has now been rolled into the larger Windows SDK. As a result, there will no longer be separate releases of the WinFX SDK.
- Install the Visual Studio Extensions for the WinFX November CTP. This adds IntelliSense and project types to Visual Studio 2005 to support WinFX development.
It’s also useful to review the “Readme” file for this release.
Karsten’s post includes a link to a draft version of an MSDN article that he wrote that explains the new features and changes in the November CTP. He also points to some downloadable code samples that include a handy tool for helping fix the mini-language changes. While you’re at it, check out Kevin Moore’s demo, and Tom Archer’s post addresses some good Vista questions.