December 7, 2006

What is WPF/E ?

 What is this new codename all about?

Along with the Microsoft Expression announcements, Sean Alexander takes part in all the excitment today by announcing details on his new adventure! Sean is now a Director.

Sean will be working on Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere (just a code-name, don’t worry!) that will a cross-platform browser plugin designed to give the user some incredible interactive experiences through the web. Sean owns a few Macs and has often talked about cross-platform technologies that give users the same rich experience. Now he is taking part in spearheading the process at Microsoft to actually make it happen. WPF/E is now available as public CTP for everyone to try. You can use the latest Expression Designer and other Expression apps to design and take advantage of WPF/E. WPF/E today supports the playback of Windows Media Audio and Video, a aspect that led to Sean wanting to join this new endeavor. Sean says while standard defintion will own the web in the short-term, long-term he’s aiming to bring high definition content through WPF/E to the user through the web and web applications.

This may all sound very developer-oritentated but from my standpoint as someone who’s not much of a developer - this is extremely exciting news. I want to be able to use incredible interactive websites and do awesome things online but have my girlfriend get the same experience who uses a Mac. Adobe’s Flash does some of that today but I want to see the web go beyond Flash. In my opinion, its time to move to the next step.

Here is another example: Windows Sidebar in Windows Vista uses’s IE to render its Gadgets on the desktop. Imagine Gadgets that are on your desktop using WPF/E!

I can’t wait to see examples of WPF/E content on the web. Let me know if you spot any!

Source: Sean Alexander’s new job and WPF/E
Originally published on Tue, 05 Dec 2006 00:14:53 GMT by Brandon LeBlanc