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WPF Futures Roadmap

WPF Futures is designed as a place to share sample features and controls and get community feedback on how compelling these are. You're welcome to use these features as starting blocks for more complete custom controls and features.

The latest is available here. We are eager to hear your feedback on the Futures features. If you like these features, speak up! Please file bugs and general comments/questions in the Issue Tracker.

Released features include:
  • Shader Effects
  • Client Profile Configuration Designer
  • WPF Themes

Some upcoming features include (subject to change):
  • AnimatedStackPanel
  • BreadcrumbBar
  • ProgressBar

Last edited Jun 18, 2009 at 9:03 PM by SamanthaMSFT, version 9


venugtk Jan 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM 
What is the future of WPF and WPF Futures?

shaggygi Nov 4, 2008 at 3:43 AM 
Will you be releasing a DataGridView? If not, how/what could you use in WPF to produce similar results?

XavierP56 Nov 2, 2008 at 9:11 AM 
Main drawback is virtualizing panels : We need ALL panels (I need WrapPanel first !) to be virtualizing, recycling panels. And also provide some methodology for Data Virtualization.
WPF is great but with these improvements it would become a killer technology !

TamalSaha Nov 1, 2008 at 10:38 AM 
Can't more agree with cbanks. WPF control support is slow. The control's like ProgressBar are not still supported. Aslo, the virtualization support is not great. Does WPF team has any time line when WPF tool set will have enough control's to really supercede WinForms controls?

cbanks Oct 30, 2008 at 8:17 PM 
Finally, we just got a DatePicker and DataGrid. Too late for the project I'm on that's about to roll out the door. Still needed is WebBrowser and HelpProvider controls.

jlandheer Oct 29, 2008 at 10:32 PM 
I agree with schildkroete, docking would be very much appreciated. It is already in the MFC with Visual Studio 2008, and it can be very usefull for WPF as well.

shaggygi Oct 29, 2008 at 6:37 PM 
Is there any plans on adding the grouping feature to the Visual Studio WPF DataGrid similar to DevExpress's Silverlight 2 AgDataGrid and Infragistics WPF DataGrid?

benjcooley Sep 7, 2008 at 7:43 PM 
I suggest you try AvalonDock at This docking toolkit is being used in the next version of SharpDevelop.

schildkroete Aug 20, 2008 at 11:50 PM 
Please consider a much needed DockingControl for more complex UI.

shaggygi Aug 20, 2008 at 12:53 PM 
I would like to see a carousel control. Any plans for this?

athos Aug 20, 2008 at 10:24 AM 
Anybody knows how to merge 2 cells into one, inside a WPF GridView or DataGrid?

Shiranui Aug 19, 2008 at 3:02 PM 
That looks good, though a little late for some items (ProgressBar in particular)... I would love to see a proper implementation of TreeListView, with multi-selection included.

shaggygi Aug 11, 2008 at 8:37 PM 
Thanks for the tools. Looks good. I would like to see a DateTimePicker, Calendar, and Ribbon included in WPF future controls. Keep up good work.