Microsoft Max

Finally found the time to give Microsoft Max a spin. Dennis blogged about this WinFX application on the day of its release. That day I saw it demoed at the PDC05 but couldn't try it out myself.

I had to first uninstall Beta 1 of WinFX, its SDK and the Visual Studio 2005 integration from my computer. Max uses the September CTP of WinFX. Fortunately that version still runs on Beta 2 of the .NET Framework 2.0, so I didn't have to uninstall that. The setup for Max automatically downloads and installs the correct versions of .NET 2.0 and WinFX when not already present.

Picture of Microsoft MAX showing some three of my USA photographs (click for larger version)

Max really showcases the new possibilities for UI with Windows Presentation Foundation and sharing photo presentations through Windows Communication Foundation. It is hard to judge exactly how difficult it was to create such an application because Microsoft has not released Max' source code ;( Since Max is said to be a codename, I suspect Microsoft wants to productize it (and give it away for free to genuine Windows users) and will never release the source code.

A lot of people were not impressed by Max because there are better photosharing applications out there. I think that is not the point. Max is about how relatively easy it is to create such an application using WinFX. Of course it can be done using other technologies, but Microsoft claims that will take considerably more effort. And I believe them.

And yes, Max is a memory hog, but remember it runs on pre-release software that's not fully optimized yet.


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  1. Cool thing is, you don't need Vista for Max. WinFX can be installed on WinXP. I did this, but after rebooting, my computer ran so awfully slow, I had te format my drive and reinstall WinXP! 😀

    No idea if WinFX caused the problems, but I could not recall what other programs I just had installed.


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