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  • By: dylanmcd

    I'd like to preface this post by saying "Congratulations!" on the beta 
    release of Expression Studio. Blend in particular is a wonderful step towards 
    an era of the web that developers can call 2.0 without feeling cheesy :) 
    However, I've read several articles that were skeptical about the 
    cross-platform capabilities, or more importantly, aspirations of Blend/WPF.
    
    As a former web designer, and current web application developer, the thought 
    of being able to design rich internet applications without the pain of 
    javascript/css browser compatability is mighty inticing. As a programmer, I 
    love the versatality that C# and the .NET framework seems to offer. But 
    professionally (and ethically), I absolutely cannot invest in a web 
    technology that would be restricted to Windows. While I applaud the efforts 
    of WPF/E, I don't think this will be a true solution, as there will 
    inevetably be browser compatability issues. I, and I think many other web 
    professionals, want a platform that has a fast, universal deployment plugin, 
    like Flash, but with a focus on the requirements of RIAs such as security and 
    a solid language/framework behind it.
    
    So my question is this: What is Microsoft/the Blend team's stance regarding 
    WPF's cross-platform compatability, speaking strictly for applications meant 
    to be viewed in a browser?
    
    Thanks for your time.
    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 6:39 PM

Answers

  • By: Steve White (MS)
    But I think we can safely address the question specifically about WPF xbaps
    and cross-platform support. WPF is a Windows technology. Some scenarios call
    for a WPF application which runs in a browser and that's an xbap. But even an
    xbap must run on Vista or XP due to its dependency on WPF.

    Another good place to discuss this is Developer Discussions > Windows
    Developer > WinFX > Avalon.

    "Unni Ravindranathan (MS)" wrote:

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    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:54 PM

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  • By: dylanmcd
    Is this information available somewhere on the web, or is there a better
    place to ask this question?

    "dylanmcd" wrote:

    Click to show or hide original message or reply text.

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:53 PM
  • By: Unni Ravindranathan (MS)
    You bring up a great point. Unfortunately, we cannot comment on anything
    that is not public information. WPF/E is a step in the direction to address
    reach scenarios. You could def. try posing your concerns to the WPF/E
    people - I will give you the link to that forum tomorrow first thing.

    Thanks,
    -Unni

    "dylanmcd" <dylanmcd@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:2681890B-2A2F-417D-8518-68A812AC70FB@microsoft.com...
    > Is this information available somewhere on the web, or is there a better
    > place to ask this question?
    >
    > "dylanmcd" wrote:
    >
    >> I'd like to preface this post by saying "Congratulations!" on the beta
    >> release of Expression Studio. Blend in particular is a wonderful step
    >> towards
    >> an era of the web that developers can call 2.0 without feeling cheesy :)
    >> However, I've read several articles that were skeptical about the
    >> cross-platform capabilities, or more importantly, aspirations of
    >> Blend/WPF.
    >>
    >> As a former web designer, and current web application developer, the
    >> thought
    >> of being able to design rich internet applications without the pain of
    >> javascript/css browser compatability is mighty inticing. As a programmer,
    >> I
    >> love the versatality that C# and the .NET framework seems to offer. But
    >> professionally (and ethically), I absolutely cannot invest in a web
    >> technology that would be restricted to Windows. While I applaud the
    >> efforts
    >> of WPF/E, I don't think this will be a true solution, as there will
    >> inevetably be browser compatability issues. I, and I think many other web
    >> professionals, want a platform that has a fast, universal deployment
    >> plugin,
    >> like Flash, but with a focus on the requirements of RIAs such as security
    >> and
    >> a solid language/framework behind it.
    >>
    >> So my question is this: What is Microsoft/the Blend team's stance
    >> regarding
    >> WPF's cross-platform compatability, speaking strictly for applications
    >> meant
    >> to be viewed in a browser?
    >>
    >> Thanks for your time.

    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:54 PM
  • By: Steve White (MS)
    But I think we can safely address the question specifically about WPF xbaps
    and cross-platform support. WPF is a Windows technology. Some scenarios call
    for a WPF application which runs in a browser and that's an xbap. But even an
    xbap must run on Vista or XP due to its dependency on WPF.

    Another good place to discuss this is Developer Discussions > Windows
    Developer > WinFX > Avalon.

    "Unni Ravindranathan (MS)" wrote:

    Click to show or hide original message or reply text.


    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:54 PM
  • By: Chad Z. Hower

    Steve White (MS) wrote:
    > scenarios call for a WPF application which runs in a browser and
    > that's an xbap. But even an xbap must run on Vista or XP due to its
    > dependency on WPF.

    Or 2003. However XBAP is not the only way to make an application. Using
    WPF/E and an ASP.NET like model, one can certainly build applications
    as well.


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    Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:58 PM