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Microsoft Live 2006 tour

I just got home from a day filled of Microsoft information. There were sessions on three parts of WinFX: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF, formerly codenamed Avalon), Windows Communications Foundation (WCF, codenamed Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF). Even though all of them are interesting, my focus lies on Avalon. Johan Lindfors demonstrated several cool features that I hadn’t noticed before and the latest version looks very promising.

The Vista presentation was kind of interesting, since it was held the day after Microsoft announced that the Vista debut hits a delay which has gotten some negative press lately. If Maria Johansson was dreading that particular question to pop up during the day, her smile never revealed it for a second.

André Henriksson from Microsoft did his best to demystify Ajax, last year’s major buzzword. He also talked a bit about Web 2.0 (annoying buzzword of the current year) and I found it ironic that some of his examples didn’t work in IE so he had to show them in Firefox.

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