A while back, I had an acquaintance of mine make the statement "Microsoft is dropping .Net".
With the popularity .Net, why do you suppose he had that impression?
It turned out he had confused WinFX with .Net and figured that WinFX was a replacement for .Net. An understandable confusion even though WinFX is built upon the .Net Framework and includes the .Net Framework in its redistributable.
Well guess what? To alleviate this problem, WinFX has now been renamed to the .Net Framework 3.0. Check out Somasegar's blog entry about this:
Additionally, a bunch of great new .Net Framework 3.0 resources have just come online.
And last but not least, check out the Cider Page: http://wpf.netfx3.com/content/cider.aspx
Recently a screencast by Filipe Fortes has been making its way around Microsoft. Lots of great feedback so I thought I'd check it out.
Wow, what a great demo, it's well presented, very fluid, and it shows the power of the WPF platform.
Having written Photo and Video management/editing/viewing software in the past, I have a great appreciation for how easy WPF makes it to write media rich applications and Filipe shows it off brilliantly.
It's a great introduction to WPF, well worth the 20 minutes.
Here is a picture of the extensibility team from a recent morale event we had with the Cider team. We'll be bringing you experience of developing and using a 3rd Party Control.
Pictured from Left to Right: Subhag Oak, Jim Nakashima (me), Tim Wong, and Juraj Hlavac (not pictured: Brian Pepin)
Wanted to point you to an article that one of our SDETs, Nikola Mihaylov, wrote -- it's an RSS reader built exclusively with XAML. Very cool -- http://blogs.msdn.com/nikola/archive/2006/06/20/640262.aspx