Take a look at this Vista simulator, an Silverlight application. Isn’t it cool? (Okay, okay, Flash can do the same thing, but you have to admit that Silverlight is a new baby child, yet it can do really cool stuff like this one.)
A little bit disappointed with this official release since in their website, MS while repeatedly promoting the new mantra of Silverlight as a “cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering media experiences and rich interactive applications” (you will see this mantra appear a few dozen times in Silverlight website), says Silverlight will support “all major browsers on both Mac OS X and on Windows” and MS is “gathering feedback from customers to help determine which platforms should be supported in the future”. Funny, they even need feedbacks to know that without Linux they cannot claim anything as cross-platform.
It’s coming to an age in which we have so many options in doing highly interactive and functional web applications. I can foresee that in the near future, most business applications will be operated on the web. The browser will be the one single big hosting environment in which I use to run all kinds of my daily works such as spreadsheet, project tracking, and even designing and programming.