Business Software Presentation Software Microsoft Avalon Community Technology Preview

Microsoft Avalon Community Technology Preview November 2004 for Windows

by Microsoft Corp.

Avg. Rating 4.1 (21 votes)

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File Size 249.3 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 7,307
Publisher Microsoft Corp.
Homepage Microsoft Avalon Community Technology Preview

Publisher's Description

Microsoft Avalon is Microsoft's unified presentation subsystem for Windows. It consists of a display engine and a managed-code framework. It unifies how Windows creates, displays, and manipulates documents, media, and user interface. This enables developers and designers to create visually-stunning, differentiated user experiences that improve customer connection. When it ships, scheduled for 2006, it will be available on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and all future releases of the Windows operating system. When delivered, it will become Microsoft's strategic user interface (UI) technology.

Latest Reviews

DigitalSin

DigitalSin reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 15, 2005

Pretty good so far. The framework seems pretty intuitive and friendly. The UI components are pretty slick and responsive.

For those frustrated about how to use this: you really need to have Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey) installed to take full advantage of the samples found in the help file. You might be able to use the free Express editions of visual studio. You will still need .NET 2.0 sdk or at the very least the runtime installed which is currently in beta.

avdven

avdven reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 15, 2005

I haven't looked at this yet, but for all of those asking how to "run" it, you're probably not going to be able to.

I've worked with some of their other CTP releases (I'm a MSDN subscriber) and for some, I had to compile their source files in order to get them to work.

As the documentation says, however, this is an SDK, so it's simply the framework necessary to develop applications for the platform. That doesn't necessarily mean that you can actually see it in action unless you have a program that has been expressly written to work with it. Hope that clarifies it for some people.

I downloaded this way back in December but, as I said, I haven't had a chance to look at it. Based upon my previous work with some Pre-release Longhorn technology though, I'm giving it a 5. MS has taken a great new approach to develop the new OS from the ground up and it really shows in the emerging techologies they are utilizing.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 15, 2005

How the heck do you run the tech preview instead of just the SDK tools?

All I want to do is see it running, yet I see no way to do this whatsoever. Am I missing something obvious? I can't even find the tech preview's installation directory.

Incredibly frustrating lack of documentation.

bryantp

bryantp reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

Funny that Avalon translate to mean "Apple island".

Links to learn more about the material:
http://www.informationwe...html?articleID=53701374

http://www.internetnews.com/article.php/3439251

Perspective from Flash point of view
http://www.flash-mx.com/news/archives/000348.cfm

Summary,
Avalon will be a sort of replacement for the .NET ease of building webservices and consumers of those webservices all rolled up into the upcoming longhorn release.

aerthling

aerthling reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

Sweet :D

You'll need the .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 1 installed before you can install this, apparently.

http://www.microsoft.com...7019&displaylang=en

kerebos

kerebos reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

Umm sorry for the newbie question but what is this?
How does one use this software?

Jeffsoft

Jeffsoft reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

exciting Avalon programming!

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

Thank you for this. Now I can start my team early.

Avg. Rating 4.1 (21 votes)
Your Rating
DigitalSin

DigitalSin reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 15, 2005

Pretty good so far. The framework seems pretty intuitive and friendly. The UI components are pretty slick and responsive.

For those frustrated about how to use this: you really need to have Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey) installed to take full advantage of the samples found in the help file. You might be able to use the free Express editions of visual studio. You will still need .NET 2.0 sdk or at the very least the runtime installed which is currently in beta.

avdven

avdven reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 15, 2005

I haven't looked at this yet, but for all of those asking how to "run" it, you're probably not going to be able to.

I've worked with some of their other CTP releases (I'm a MSDN subscriber) and for some, I had to compile their source files in order to get them to work.

As the documentation says, however, this is an SDK, so it's simply the framework necessary to develop applications for the platform. That doesn't necessarily mean that you can actually see it in action unless you have a program that has been expressly written to work with it. Hope that clarifies it for some people.

I downloaded this way back in December but, as I said, I haven't had a chance to look at it. Based upon my previous work with some Pre-release Longhorn technology though, I'm giving it a 5. MS has taken a great new approach to develop the new OS from the ground up and it really shows in the emerging techologies they are utilizing.

Prospero424

Prospero424 reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 15, 2005

How the heck do you run the tech preview instead of just the SDK tools?

All I want to do is see it running, yet I see no way to do this whatsoever. Am I missing something obvious? I can't even find the tech preview's installation directory.

Incredibly frustrating lack of documentation.

bryantp

bryantp reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

Funny that Avalon translate to mean "Apple island".

Links to learn more about the material:
http://www.informationwe...html?articleID=53701374

http://www.internetnews.com/article.php/3439251

Perspective from Flash point of view
http://www.flash-mx.com/news/archives/000348.cfm

Summary,
Avalon will be a sort of replacement for the .NET ease of building webservices and consumers of those webservices all rolled up into the upcoming longhorn release.

aerthling

aerthling reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

Sweet :D

You'll need the .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 1 installed before you can install this, apparently.

http://www.microsoft.com...7019&displaylang=en

kerebos

kerebos reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

Umm sorry for the newbie question but what is this?
How does one use this software?

Jeffsoft

Jeffsoft reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

exciting Avalon programming!

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed vNovember 2004 on Jan 14, 2005

Thank you for this. Now I can start my team early.

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