Developer Product Briefs

UI and Graphics

This Special Report is a compilation of old and new editorial content about Windows Vista to prepare you for its upcoming release.

UI and Graphics

November 13, 2006

As the most visible of Windows Vista's features, the products UI and graphics capabilities incorporate the use of high-resolution graphics, a new imaging model, and innovations such as transparent objects on screen. While it will take some time before new applications use it, the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) will gradually change how users interact with their computers, and how developers work with new .NET classes to achieve the Aero look and feel.

Prepare for WPF Properly
Windows Presentation Foundation will change the way you write graphics applications, but it's going to take a while before you see it adopted broadly.

New Technology Offers Dev Challenges, UI Improvements
Developers who work on the UI side of advanced apps must learn technology for forms-based development to improve the user experience.

Resources: Avalon
Discover Avalon, Longhorn's presentation layer.

An Expression of Frustration
Peter Varhol responds to Microsoft's announcement that its Expression development tools for Windows Presentation Foundation will be released in 2007.

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