Microsoft to Preview Another Piece of Longhorn
Updated: Microsoft will make available early, integrated builds of two of the three key Longhorn foundation components.SAN FRANCISCO Microsoft will deliver in March early developer releases of two of the three key pillars of its next major version of Windows, code-named Longhorn. These so-called "Community Technology Preview" (CTP) WinFX releases will be made available to developers next month, said Eric Rudder, Microsofts senior vice president of servers and tools. Rudder made the announcement at the VSLive conference here during his Tuesday morning keynote. Rudder said the WinFX CTP releases will "bring Indigo and Avalon" out together for the first time, pointing to the "Avalon" Windows presentation system and the "Indigo" communications subsystem. The releases will also include elements of the WinFX programming core that will comprise Longhorn.
The releases also will include a new build of Visual Studio 2005, Microsofts next-generation tool suite. Rudder did not specify whether the CTP builds will include the Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 bits, but Microsoft is slated to ship Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 in late March, as well.