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Taking Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere

The Windows desktop is not the final resting place for WPF. A slimmed down version of WPF, called WPF/e (the e stands for "everywhere"), is being released to allow XAML solutions to run in non-Microsoft web browsers and operating systems. How this will roll out can only be guessed. The idea is that a single presentation language can be used for different operating systems, such as Apple’s OS X or for mobile devices such as cell phones and the newly released Zune Media Player.

If the Windows Presentation Foundation is interesting to you, the next immediate step you should take is to download the .NET 3.0 Framework. It’s free to Windows XP users and comes packaged into Windows Vista. If you have a different OS, you’ll need to upgrade. I’m certainly expecting many visually engaging solutions that are built on top of the Windows Presentation Foundation.

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