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Microsoft Ships CTP of WPF/E

Display and play back rich media, 3D and vector graphics, animation, audio, and video with Microsoft''s February CTP of Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere.

On February 2 Microsoft released the February CTP of Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere (WPF/E), a cross-platform browser plug-in that allows users to display and play back rich media, 3D and vector graphics, animation, audio, and video. WPF/E employs a subset of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language)-based technology at the heart of the Vista and .NET 3.0 Framework UI development.

New to the February CTP is keyboard input, mouse cursor support, MP3 audio handling, and full-screen mode display. Improved JavaScript APIs and better performance are also featured in this preview.

WPF/E is due for final release in the first half of 2007 and currently runs on both Mac and Windows platforms, with support for the Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Apple Safari Web browsers. Microsoft plans to extend WPF/E support to mobile devices supporting the .NET Compact Framework in the second half of 2007.

The latest CTP can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center here.

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Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.

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