In celebration of the launch of Windows Vista (and of course, Windows Presentation Foundation), I sat down with Ian Ellison-Taylor yesterday to chat about what’s next for WPF. We touch briefly on the inception of the project and the surprises and the challenges encountered along the way, before drilling deeper into the roadmap for the future. In summary, you can expect to see lots of add-ons being published that fill out some of the gaps in WPF today, with a maintenance release coming out alongside Visual Studio “Orcas”. Watch the video on Channel 9.
Ian’s actually an interesting guy – he’s been around at Microsoft for about 17 years now, starting as an intern on the Windows 3.1 shell team. He’s got some fun stories to tell about what it was like to be working on Windows in the early 1990s, and I filmed a follow-up chat with him to find out more. That video is in the Channel 9 queue; I’ll update this post with a link when it goes live in the next day or so.
Oh, and apologies for any distraction caused by the lurid orange couch in my office: the colour was my eldest daughter’s choice (then aged 3). Still, it goes well with the standard issue WPF T-shirt!