OK, so I took the step forward and decided to live on the uber bleeding edge. As you can see from the image, I decided to go ahead and install Microsoft Visual Studio Codename Orcas Beta 1 on my main machine. Yes, the same machine I'm running Vista x64 on. The biggest reason for doing this is the "support" in Visual Studio 2005 for WPF is, ummm, let's just say lacking. So the first thing I do after completing the install is create a new WPF Application project and what do I see? (Look at the photo.)
Now don't get me wrong, I am completely aware that this is a beta. Yes, it's a relatively early beta. However, considering that WPF is installed by default on Vista and Vista (I would assume) is the short term future for Microsoft (over the next 5 years or so if recent release track times withstand)... wouldn't you think that the WPF designer would at least look like Vista on Vista? What is this TONKA TOY crap doing on my beautiful desktop?
At least when I launch the application, the window border looks as you'd expect. Whew! Scared me for a moment. ;-)
I haven't gotten much further than this, so stay tuned for further details as I progress forward.