June 28, 2004, 12:00 AM — Over the course of the last five weeks, we discussed Microsoft Windows
Storage Server 2003 and the associated benefits and technologies
associated with it. This week, we start a discussion on Microsoft's
next major release of Windows, codenamed Longhorn, which will come
packaged with a number of new technologies that you need to make sure
One of the new technologies being release with Longhorn is the new
presentation subsystem, called Avalon. Avalon is positioned as a new
graphics subsystem that serves as a foundation for Longhorn's shell.
Avalon will also come with a full set of the user interface components
for Longhorn. By integrating user interface (UI), documents, and media
into the next generation of interactive client applications and
experiences, Longhorn will achieve a more unified approach, as well as a
fully integrated development and user experience.
Avalon will better utilize the power of the PC throughout the graphics
stack, bringing designers directly into application development.
A major capability of Avalon is its support for XAML (Extensible
Application), which provides a one-to-one correspondence with the object
model within the presentation layer of Longhorn, with its key role being
to enable interoperation between UI authoring tools and developer tools.
Avalon will also provide built-in support for recent advancements in the
Windows OS, such as the Tablet PC and the Windows XP Media Center
Edition operating systems.
Join me next week when we talk about how to use the "run as" feature in
Windows Server 2003.