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I just had a conversation with the head of the Microsoft Windows Forms team in the developer lounge and told him that one of the biggest questions I get about Windows Forms is whether or not it is dead. Avalon is coming and the rumor was that this 2005 release of .NET 2.0 was the last release of Windows Forms. Asked about this, his reply was that IT IS TOTALLY NOT TRUE! His comments included:

  • This is not the last version of Windows Forms (Windows Forms is not dead)
  • The Windows Forms team is still together - there wasn't a mass transit of folks to the Avalon team. He stated that in fact, the Windows Forms team has grown larger
  • Microsoft is still investing a huge amount of R&D towards Windows Forms
  • You can feel comfortable making investments in Windows Forms from your company as Microsoft is not abandoning it at all
  • Microsoft is investing a lot in interoperability between Windows Forms and Avalon - this means that your Windows Forms apps will be able to host Avalon controls and visa-versa.

I'm glad I stopped by to talk to him.

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:59 AM Windows , Microsoft , MSDN | Back to top

Comments on this post: Windows Forms is NOT Dead!

# RIP Windows Forms
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Bill writes about the death (or lack there of) of Windows Forms. He details an encounter he had with "the head" of the Windows Forms team at the PDC. The claim from the Microsoft employee was that Windows Forms is...
Left by Todd Kitta Unleashed on Sep 15, 2005 2:37 PM

# re: Windows Forms is NOT Dead!
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of luck
for next book
Left by arpan on Sep 25, 2005 8:30 AM

# re: Windows Forms is NOT Dead!
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I really thought that it was dead. hehehehe. But I will wait to see what they come up with
Left by xoftspy user on Nov 15, 2005 3:54 PM

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