" THERE IS HUGE interest over Microsoft's next generation Windows Longhorn operating system and people are just as interested in its graphic engine. It's called Avalon and will represent the next step forward in graphic engines, the Vole believes.

Avalon consists of a display engine and a managed code framework. For the first time, Avalon will unify how Windows creates displays and manipulates documents, media and the user interface.

On its official web pages, Microsoft revealed that it's committed to shipping Avalon in 2006. When Microsoft finishes Avalon, it will be available for Windows XP, Windows Server 2005 and all future releases of Windows. It's safe to add Longhorn to this list."