The future of WPF at Mix09


MIX09 is now over and the good news is that we can watch all sessions that have been recorded online !

I didn’t have time yet to watch all sessions I’m interested in, but I already saw “What”s new in WPF 4” video (available here).

Here are the important points of this session regarding the future of WPF:

  • Lot of new things are coming in WPF4: Text clarity improved, Multi-touch, Windows7 integration, Ribbon control, Focus management improvements, Visual State Manager, Client profile, Themes, Chart controls and a lot of bug fixes
  • WPF4 will come together with .Net4 which brings its own set of cool new stuff: Dynamic Language, MEF, F#, parallel library
  • WPF will be the best choise for RAD under Windows7: Multi-touch, Taskbar integration, Ribbon, Common dialogs, File explorer customization…
  • Multi-touch support: UIElement changes to manage touch related events, touch support is added for some controls (ScrollViewer)
  • New composition API: developers can control graphical elements cached in video memory
  • Controls that are currently available in the WPF toolkit will be integrated into the platform (DataGrid, DatePicker…) – moreover an update of the toolkit has just been released
  • Developers tools are improved: VS2010 and Blend3 helps the usage of WPF (databinding support…)
  • .Net4 will come with a new XAML parser: faster, extensible, public API to manage BAML format
  • .Net4 XAML language has new XAML features: support for generics, better references by name

I hope will see a CTP soon so that we’ll start playing with those new features 🙂

1 thought on “The future of WPF at Mix09

  1. Any thoughts about autolayout feature? (vs2010 designer, slide 18) They mentioned it several times, but didn’t show.

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