27 January 2006

Cider has been available since December in CTP form. This is really old news and reasons why I haven't blogged about it till now you can see my previous post about my and my machines independent vacations. To get the January CTP see the Channel 9 page http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Cider.JanuaryCTPReleaseNotes. You can keep track of our developments through our Channel 9 home page at http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Cider.HomePage. I will try to be better about timely blogging updates but given my past history maybe it would be better if you checked the home page now and then...

This month we are focusing on the grid design experience. Even though we shipped it in December we really stole, uh, er, borrowed the grid design experience from Sparkle (aka the Expression Interactive Designer) which is also now available in CTP form available from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ed9f5fb2-4cfc-4d2c-9af8-580d644e3d1d&displaylang=en.

The Cider CTPs are not beta quality. I say that to make sure you know what to expect. We are delivering bits early and often to give all of you a chance to influence our development by giving us early feedback on our design and the general direction we are taking. I encourage all of you to take advantage of this. We are listening and care a lot about what you think.

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