Avalon CTP


Last week, MSDN subscribers were offered the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of “Avalon” (our unified presentation subsystem). As many of you know by now, Avalon is going to be available not only for Longhorn (the next major release of Windows) but is also being made available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Over the last few months, the “Avalon” team has worked hard to add support for non-Longhorn operating systems. “Avalon” requires a Beta 1 build of .NET Framework 2.0 to be installed. This CTP also includes an initial release of the WinFX SDK and Visual Studio 2005 templates for “Avalon”. Some of you may have questions about interoperability between Windows Forms and Avalon. Click here to view an article on when to choose Windows Forms Control versus “Avalon” classes.

We would love to get your feedback on inter-op between Windows Forms and “Avalon”, Visual Studio 2005 support for “Avalon” or other “Avalon” features. You can send us feedback via the “Avalon” public newsgroup at nntp://Microsoft.public.windows.developer.winfx.avalon or via the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page in the WinFX SDK.

Namaste!


Comments (1)

  1. Ricky Datta says:

    Soma,

    This is great. Avalon/Xaml has the potential

    to replace Html/Web as we know it.

    But this requires more developer buy in.

    I think the following will help.

    1. Early/often release of Avalan document composer tools.

    2. Early/often release of Avalon doc/html viewer tools, the new combined explorer.

    3. Early proactive architecture guidance from

    Patterns and Practice group how to develop navigational Avalon applications which are much richer than html applications.

    4. Client side Java programmers are itching to

    get something Avalon like technology in Java.

    Perhaps we can target such developer base using

    special toolkits, marketing and evangelism ?

    You might think it may be too early, but it is not – as it takes 2 – 3 years of seeding the developer market to get applications from 3rd parties.

    Thanks

    Ricky

    rickydatta at onebox dot com