In June I wrote “The old Microsoft, the Microsoft of Raymond Chen, might have implemented things like Avalon, the new graphics system, as a series of DLLs that can run on any version of Windows and which could be bundled with applications that need them. There’s no technical reason not to do this. But Microsoft needs to give you a reason to buy Longhorn…”

Microsoft: “Microsoft also announced that the Windows WinFX developer technologies, including the new presentation subsystem code-named ‘Avalon’ and the new communication subsystem code-named Indigo, will be made available for Microsoft® Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 in 2006.”

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I’ve been hard at work on some new code for the discussion groups. Hopefully I’ll get an experimental build up somewhere in a week or two and we can start playing with it. It won’t look very different from the outside, so don’t get too excited. I think probably the biggest visible change will be that when you post something, you’ll be able to provide a URL that your name links to. It’s a small feature that I’m hoping will have a big effect on the anthropology of the discussion group. Like everything else, it’s an experiment. Have a great weekend!

About the author.

In 2000 I co-founded Fog Creek Software, where we created lots of cool things like the FogBugz bug tracker, Trello, and Glitch. I also worked with Jeff Atwood to create Stack Overflow and served as CEO of Stack Overflow from 2010-2019. Today I serve as the chairman of the board for Stack Overflow, Glitch, and HASH.