WPF and Orcas

(No, that's not a whale reference...)

Today we released a fresh CTP of the next release of Visual Studio (codenamed "Orcas" - it's one of the San Juan islands that are a bit further out from Redmond than Whidbey Island...). I wouldn't normally take the time to note this third or fourth CTP release, except for the fact that this is the first release that has WPF tools support baked into it (yay!).

"Orcas" has a ton of new features for WPF development over the releases that we shipped as extensions for Visual Studio 2005. It's got true WYSIWYG support for XAML code edits, it's got the new Property Editor checked in (shared with Expression Blend), it has far better Intellisense support for XAML, and it's much better for layout.

I haven't used this new build for long enough to judge stability, so I can't put my hand on my heart and say that you should switch to this as your WPF development tool of choice. There's still a place for Expression Blend as part of a developer's toolkit, since "Orcas" won't contain in-depth support for animation or templates, but the combination of the two should give anyone a good toolset for constructing awe-inspiring WPF applications.

The "Orcas" CTP is shipped as a Virtual PC image - download Virtual PC 2007 from here.

Comments (15)
  1. Anonymous says:

    hold on a sec, is that a 6 gig download?

    6 GIG??

  2. Anonymous says:

    Any information on WPF/E development?   Will it provide preview capability or any benefits to WPF/E development?

  3. DonnieA2 says:

    Are there any plans that you are aware of to convert the MSDN library to work as a reader (like the NY Times, Seattle PI)??

    I find myself going to the web a lot for documentation (yeah I get the monthly CD from MSDN), but it would be really nice to have that all in a reader as a flow document that updates etc. can be live and cached for times when I am disconnected from the internet. The CD is a great resource, but I’d love to see an MSDN "reader" app based on wpf..

    I am working to install the "orcas" preview and the Self-extracting image link brings me to the microsoft home page. I was wondering if this was just not up yet. The new preview sounds really great, because I am getting frustrated with the security issues using Vista with VS 2005..

  4. Anonymous says:

    Since "there’s still a place for Expression Blend as part of a developers toolkit", will you be making sure that Blend is included as part of the MSDN subscription?  Hint. Hint!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can this be installed side by side with Visual Studio 2005?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Tim, I’m just on part 4 of the 6 gig or so download here in the UK ;-).

  7. Anonymous says:

    Tim.. Does it run side-by-side with VS2005?

  8. Anonymous says:

    How do you add a button click event to a WPF button with the March CTP?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yesterday’s post on the release of the Visual Studio "Orcas" March CTP triggered a great question from

  10. Anonymous says:

    Harry wonders if it has been a slow week. It started that way for me but its certainly not now with both

  11. Anonymous says:

    Dont forget to download that 1.5 gig VPC base image after you’re done with the 6.5 March drop!

  12. Anonymous says:


    Your comment about Blend is all to telling.  I find myself moving back and forth between Blend and VS for projects.  And I find Blend has some superior features (e.g. databinding) over Visual Studio and a better UX for visual work.  So why not include a  great tool from developers ( via the MSDN subscription)?  Both Expression Blend and Expression Web carry feature sets that should be part of Visual Studio.  Sorry for the rant!  Congrats to the Orcas release.


  13. Anonymous says:

    I always say that a developer cannot know everything and be fully updated with technology. In my opinion

  14. Anonymous says:

    Over the last week or so our team has been planning what we will be working on over the next 12 months.

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