James Clarke asks a provocative question about Longhorn: "Can we expect to see applications such as the Shell, Outlook Express etc fully utilizing this "pillar" [Avalon] in the B1 timeframe (complete with native Avalon toolbars, native Avalon listviews etc)? This will be my measure of Avalon's readiness for serious app development."
Hmmm, old apps getting rewritten? You might see pieces done for Avalon, but I wouldn't expect to see wholesale rewriting of existing stuff.
He also asks about Office. I'd rather the Office team talk about their plans than me.
That said, you will see some really great uses of Avalon in Longhorn. The clock that we shipped at the PDC is built in Avalon, for instance. There will be plenty of examples to prove to you that it's ready for serious app development. [via The Scobleizer -- Geek Aggregator]
Sorry, couldn't resist, the clock is built with Avalon, oooooh wow, let me stop all development on old naff technologies and start using Avalon now. What I want to see is a serious application from MS (not a sample or example, but a 'commercial' application) done in .NET so we can decompile it and see how it works.