The first Community Technology Preview of Acropolis is now available.  So what is Acropolis?  It is a set of components for developers to build modular, loosely-coupled .NET client applications, similar to the web parts framework in ASP.NET 2.0.

Acropolis builds on the strength of the Windows Presentation Foundation and CTP1 includes these features:

  • Declarative Composition - allows you to declaratively program the structure of application components
  • Navigation support - manages activation and deactivation of components
  • Document Life Time support - manages the life time of a document object
  • Layout Pane  - Split style and tab style UI layout that leverages WPF
  • Transition Animation - Prepackage transitions built on WPF

More information and the CTP download is available at http://windowsclient.net/Acropolis.