Just watched interview with Chris Anderson (Avalon Architect) over on http://www.theserverside.net/, very good, if you haven’t seen it I suggest you take a look.
At the start of the interview Chris is reluctant to say when Avalon will ship and even if it’ll ship with longhorn.
TSS - And that is scheduled to ship as part of Longhorn right?
CA - That's scheduled to ship simultaneously with Longhorn and I believe right now the plan is for it to be on the disc with Longhorn.
TSS - So it is not something that would come as part of the OS?
CA - There is still debate as to what it exactly is. We actually just, I honestly don't know the answers to how they are going to end up with that. I do not even have to lie about it, its great. I really don't know.
One of the problems ISV’s face at the moment is shipping the .net runtime. I know MS say millions of desktops have downloaded it from windows update but this is no guarantee. IMHO I think it was a mistake not shipping the .net runtime with XP SP2.
If MS seriously wants ISV’s like Amazon to create smart “Avalon” clients then the Avalon runtime (WinFx) needs to ship out the box with longhorn.
Imagine going to Amazon in the longhorn world. Theirs a world of difference between
1. Click here for “Amazon Smart Client”, requires longhorn
2. Download / install Avalon runtime (20 MB runtime?), then click here…