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    Microsoft Releases "Avalon" UI for Windows XP

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    Requires Windows XP SP2.

    *warning* its a preview so don't install unless your happy to reinstall windows *if* something goes wrong and you've got a nice backup

    I'll post screenies tonight when its installed on my system at home.

    Edit: Information about Avalon and what it is

    Introduction to "Avalon"
    "Avalon" is the code name for Microsoft's unified presentation subsystem for Windows. It consists of a display engine and a managed-code framework. "Avalon" unifies how Windows creates, displays, and manipulates documents, media, and user interfaces, which enables developers and designers to create visually-stunning, differentiated user experiences that improve customer connection.

    The "Avalon" Engine. The "Avalon" engine unifies the way developers and designers experience documents, media, and UI, providing a single runtime for browser-based experiences, forms-based applications, graphics, video, audio, and documents. "Avalon" is built on top of DirectX, which enables it to unleash the full power of the graphics hardware present in modern computers, and is engineered to exploit advances in hardware moving forward. For example, the "Avalon" vector-based rendering engine enables applications to scale to take advantage of high-dpi monitors without requiring extra work on the part of the developer or user. Similarly, when "Avalon" detects a video card that supports hardware acceleration, it takes advantage of it.


    The "Avalon" Framework. The "Avalon" framework delivers solutions for media, user interface design, and documents that go well beyond what developers have today. "Avalon" is designed for extensibility, enabling developers to create their own controls on top of the "Avalon" engine from scratch or by subclassing existing "Avalon" controls. Central to the "Avalon" framework are controls for shapes, documents, images, video, animation, 3D, and panels, in which to place controls and content. These primitives provide the building blocks for developing next generation user experiences.


    XAML. "Avalon" also introduces XAML, a markup language to declaratively represent user interface for Windows applications, improving the richness of the tools with which developers and designers can compose and repurpose UI. For Web developers, XAML provides a familiar UI description paradigm. XAML also enables the separation of UI design from the underlying code, enabling developers and designers to work more closely together.
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    255MB download!

    Downloading now......

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    Biggy - Screenies mate when its running please

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    You'll have to wait till I get home. Downloading at work and then I'll email it to my home address! (I have my own email server at home)

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    ahh read a few previews a few months back on this. looks good. will wait to hear some feedback before downloading.
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    Might give it a try when i get home...IF i'm feeling brave enough to install it
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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/Longhorn/u...p/default.aspx

    Read the notes folks - it doesn't seem to like the other green and silver themes that windows has (not that most people use the green as its horrid)

    Happy Reading

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    So I install this - what will I notice happen?

    Nice new UI, or does this just allow me to install custom made UI's when they are developed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMc
    So I install this - what will I notice happen?

    Nice new UI, or does this just allow me to install custom made UI's when they are developed?
    I dunno at the moment - Once I've got home and installed it I will let you know accordingly. Hopefully for a 255Mb download there will be at least 1 theme

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    You sure it isn't just an SDK to allow people to make things that will be compatable with Avalon?
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    http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...lon_3d_MBR.wmv

    A video which shows what microsoft hopes Avalon will end up being like for the end user.

    Count how many times the bloke in the vid says "You Know" lol
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    so, what does this do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMc
    Count how many times the bloke in the vid says "You Know" lol
    AHHHHH STOP.... SAYING...... YAKNOW............ OR DIE
    I counted like, yaknow, 25 in the first, yaknow, minute.

    Anyway, looks purty nifty

    @nvening: its basically an updated shell from the look of it, which is designed to accept html-like commands to animate and graphically enhance the windows UI at runtime.
    Last edited by Spunkey; 18-01-2005 at 07:23 PM.

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    ahhh yaknow
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    Any screenies yet? The video won't run on my work PC, complains about "one or more" missing codecs"


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    what a brilliant concept - it will change the face of UIs. Currently writing a UI in C is an absolute nightmare, something you web monkeys wont appreciate . I wish he had explained the event model a bit better though, i mean do you import an avalon object in to a program or do you put the program in a <c#> tag in XAML.

    Me likes.

    edit: especially the animation method, thats niiiice

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