Microsoft has released “‘WPF/E’ (codename) Community Technology Preview for Mac (Dec 2006).” WPF/E stands for “Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere.”
According to Microsoft, “WPF/E” (codename) is a “browser enhancement” module that enables browsers to render rich content in addition to HTML. ‘WPF/E” is compatible with both the Safari browser and Firefox 18.104.22.168 on MacOSX 10.4.8. The Dec 2006 CTP will expire on February 18, 2007 at which point when a web page that uses it is rendered, it will prompt the user to update to the latest version. “WPF/E” (codename) will periodically ping Microsoft.com to verify its integrity (at which point the only information that will be communicated will be your IP address and the module version).
• PowerPC G3 500MHz or faster processor
• Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
• 128MB of RAM
“WPF/E” is supported on Firefox 22.214.171.124 and Safari 2.0 on Mac OS X 10.4.8. After you install “WPF/E” you must exit and restart your browser.
“Apple’s Mac OS will be one of the operating systems supported with WPF/E, as well as older versions of Windows and Microsoft Smartphone, according to Microsoft executives. And other operating systems are planned, said Forrest Key, group product manager in Microsoft’s developer tools division, without confirming plans for Linux support,” Martin LaMonica reported for CNET News back in September 2005.
More info and download link (3.1MB) here.
MacDailyNews Take: The words “Microsoft” and “Beta” don’t mix well (come to think of it, neither do “Microsoft” and “final version”), which is probably why they called it a “Community Technology Preview.” Be careful out there. We are posting this because it is Apple Mac-related news. We are not installing it. Why, besides the fact that we avoid Microsoft software like the plague? Just imagine that this “technology” gets widespread use on websites some years down the road and then Microsoft conveniently stops supporting the Mac version.
[Attribution: MacNN via setteB.IT]