Microsoft Delivers Updated Beta of Core Programming Components
The January Community Technology Preview test build of WinFX is now available to any and all interested testers for download.Microsoft is making development progress with its next-generation Windows programming technologies, and is encouraging developers to kick the tires on some of its core components months before they are set to ship. On Wednesday, Microsoft made available for public download on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) site the January Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of its WinFX programming technologies. Included in the January WinFX CTP are refreshed releases of the Windows Communication Foundation, or WCF (formerly code-named Indigo); Windows Presentation Foundation, or WPF (Avalon); and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF).
Microsoft describes WinFX as the next-generation Windows programming model. As such, WinFX includes a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) and exposes a set of class libraries and run-time components for developing and running applications. WinFX will be part of Vista and will also work with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.