Microsoft Max

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Microsoft Max or Microsoft Codename Max is a slideshow application demoed at PDC 2005,[1] and later made available to the public. Version 1.0.50831.3 is available at the BetaArchive FTP.[2] On 2 November 2006,[3] Max was discontinued after a beta.[4]

Max was known internally as Project M,[1] headed by Hillel Cooperman (who gave the Get Users to Fall in Love With Your Software during PDC 2003)[5][6] and described internally only as Windows "shell enhancements."[6]

Max is based on WinFX technology: Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly known as Avalon), Windows Communication Foundation (formerly known as Indigo), the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and other Microsoft technologies.[1]

Version in the BetaArchive FTP

The gallery contains a screenshot guide for installing the version of Microsoft Max (1.0.50831.3)[7] in the BetaArchive FTP.

Lost version

An updated version of Microsoft Max allowed reading news through RSS.[8] This version is not available on the BetaArchive FTP. The download link from here was not archived at the Wayback Machine.

According to BetaArchive user ATeamInc, based on his analysis of the Max setup download links, this newer version might have been offered as an "in-place" update for existing versions and a full package was not offered for the new version.[9]


Install Guide


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Taft, Darryl (20 September 2005). Microsoft Max Shares the Visual Power of Avalon. eWeek. Retrieved on 15 April 2022.
  3. NeoSmart Technologies. Microsoft Murders Max. Retrieved on 7 April 2021.
  4. Microsoft. Microsoft Codename Max. Archived from the original on 16 December 2006. Retrieved on 7 April 2021.
  5. Thurrott, Paul (1 November 2006). Road to Gold: The Long Road to Windows Vista Part 4: January - July 2005. Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows. Archived from the original on 20 January 2007. Retrieved on 7 April 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Thurrott, Paul (30 June 2005). Exclusive: Has Microsoft Found a New Longhorn Shell in Project M?. ITPro Today. Retrieved on 15 April 2022.
  7. Microsoft Codename "Max" (1.0.50831.3) (2005-09) (beta) - BetaArchive Release DB in the BetaArchive FTP. Retrieved on 15 April 2021.
  8. Wagner, Ryan (9 September 2006). Download The New Microsoft Max With RSS Capabilities. Retrieved on 7 April 2021.
  9. ATeamInc (7 April 2021). Re: REQ Microsoft Codename Max with RSS reader for news - BetaArchive. Retrieved on 15 April 2021.

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