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Friday, April 15, 2005

Busy News Day

Lots of news today on various topics. To start off, two new articles on Longhorn by EWeek (Why Longhorn Matters) and CNet (An Early Peek At Longhorn). As everyone has been suspecting, a Developer Preview (Alpha) of Longhorn is going to be released at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2005 (WinHEC). Hopefully this release will be available to the general public much like the Avalon and Indigo CTP's. Beta 1 of Longhorn is to be expected in time for summer, however I'd place my bets on August, or more likely September to be in synch with the Professional Developers Conference (PDC).

Also, there has been word floating around the newsgroups that the sidebar has been removed from internal Microsoft builds of Longhorn for some time now. Scoble confirmed this on the Channel 9 forums. I think that it was an interesting item in the 4051 build of Longhorn that I had a chance to take a quick look at last year, however I am not really affected much by the removal of it.

Moving to Avalon now, there is a new video up on Channel 9 today. Scoble meets up with Pablo Fernicola (Group Project Manager for Avalon), Arik Cohen and Rob Relyea. They introduce Avalon, as well as show off a couple of demo applications. If you want to fast forward and just see the demo's, check the list below. However I do suggest watching the entire video, it is well worth it.

  • 15:00 - Design an Instant Messenger UI using the Grid Layout
  • 33:30 - Amazon Web Services using Avalon for Content Presentation
A final note, a Dell technician came today around noon and replaced the entire motherboard along with the video card in my Inspiron 8200. It was really something to see this guy take my system apart. I've always wondered how they managed to pack everything into such a small form. I'm back up and running now, although still studying for exams, I am eager to dive into Avalon/Indigo. We're due for the release of the next Visual Studio 2005 milestone, expect it "soon."

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