I’m here at Microsoft’s Professional Developer’s Conference, and they’ve announced some interesting tidbits about Atlas, their Ajax framework. (It was a bit weird to hear Jim Allchin refer to DHTML as Ajax on-stage.)
The idea is that Atlas seamlessly fits into the Microsoft UI client stack: DHTML -> Atlas -> ActiveX -> WPF/E -> Win32 -> WinFX (WPF/E is the portable Avalon API I blogged about earlier today, WinFX is the new rich API for accessing Avalon), and as such, its UI components can tie into Indigo, their services API, to receive objects via JSON and display them in UI components.
You can then switch your front-end to Avalon and display objects in 3D GUI widgets using the same services you use to power your Ajax UIs. Interesting…