Avalon Community Technology Preview Now Available to non-MSDN Subscribers

As a result of overwhelming customer feedback, we've now made the Avalon November CTP available to anyone who wants to get their hands on it, whether or not you've got an MSDN subscription. This is the first release of Avalon that supports Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. It's pretty stable and functional, as far as CTP releases go, and it's a great place to start if you want to experiment with what will become the strategic presentation technology for Windows over the next decade. For more information on what's contained in the CTP release and how to go about evaluating it, check out this MSDN article.

You can use any Beta 1 release of Visual Studio 2005 to code for the Avalon CTP (including the Beta 1 Refresh); check out this article on using the Express products with Avalon. Be aware, however, that later CTP releases of Visual Studio 2005 aren't compatible with this Avalon CTP drop - that's the price you pay for being on the bleeding edge! The Avalon CTP release ships with an SDK containing a fair quantity of documentation; this is also available online here. Lastly, some other useful blogs to read on Avalon include those from Chris Sells, Daniel Lehenbauer, Chris Anderson, Nathan Dunlap and Karsten Januszewski.

Comments (6)

  1. Charles Chen says:

    255 MB!!!

    Good gracious.

  2. Tim Sneath says:

    Yeah – that’s mostly documentation, rather than bits. A quick breakdown:

    – Avalon redistributable: 6MB

    – .NET Framework 2.0 Beta: 24MB

    – WinFX SDK: 225MB

  3. Charles Chen says:

    This is gonna sound weird, but I had this feeling of giddy-ness when I read this post 😀

    I felt the urge to run around the office telling ppl about it. This 50 min. d/l time kinda killed that initial burst of joy 🙁

    Possible to have the SDK and framework as a seperate DL? There’s plenty of good samples to get started with around the Net from the Avalon guys.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Will’s Blog – My.Thoughts == My.World » Avalon CTP now available for download

  5. chris says:

    so where are the examples in this? Can’t find anything, particularly pre-built exes

  6. Tim Sneath says:

    Hi chris,

    If you go to the WinFX SDK at http://winfx.msdn.microsoft.com, you’ll see plenty of examples under the Samples tab, including source projects you can compile and run to your heart’s content.

    Hope that helps,


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