In addition to the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) developer community, Avalon is now available to the general public, Microsoft announced. This is not yet the so-called beta version of the unified presentation engine for the next Windows operating system, but rather a preview technique, since the code is still very irregular, safeguards the computer giant.
Last November, Microsoft released a version of Avalon for programmers and now that same code has been made available to the public. «We are pleased to release the same version to the general public in response to numerous requests,» Microsoft points out from its website.
Avalon was originally designed as a unified presentation subsystem for Longhorn, the future version of the Windows operating system, but in the meantime Microsoft has decided to make it available as a add-on for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. According to the manufacturer, the new application will unify the way Windows creates and displays documents and files. average, as well as the way it presents the user interface itself.
The giant of software I had already said that the trial version of Avalon should be available this summer, but the commercial version will only appear in 2006.
2004-11-22 – Microsoft allows programmers to take a peek at Avalon features