Microsoft Previews its Flash Alternative

As expected, Microsoft on Monday released a Community Technology Preview of WPF/E, the company's so-called "Flash killer." But perhaps more important than the implication for Flash is Microsoft's contention that the difference between Windows and the Web is disappearing. Specifically, WPF/E is a subset of the Windows Presentation Foundation that utilizes cross-browser Web technologies and […]

As expected, Microsoft on Monday released a Community Technology Preview of WPF/E, the company's so-called "Flash killer." But perhaps more important than the implication for Flash is Microsoft's contention that the difference between Windows and the Web is disappearing.

Specifically, WPF/E is a subset of the Windows Presentation Foundation that utilizes cross-browser Web technologies and is designed to run on multiple operating systems and even mobile devices. Like Flash, WPF/E works as a browser plug-in and can display vector-based graphics, animation and video.

WPF/E was introduced at PDC 2005 and further showcased at Microsoft's MIX '06 event in Las Vegas earlier this year. It relies on XAML and JavaScript to build pages, and also contains a small, cross platform subset of the CLR and .NET Framework that runs C# or VB.NET code.
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