"This is excellent news which I know a lot of our UX developers at MSN will be glad to hear. Already Scott Isaacs who's been a key part of the AJAX development we've been doing at MSN has posted his opinions about Atlas in his blog entry entitled My personal thoughts on an AJAX (DHTML) framework..... His post highlights some of the history of AJAX as well as the issues a toolkit like Atlas could solve.
First RSS, now AJAX. All that's left is to see some announcement that we will be shipping a REST toolkit to make this a trifecta of utmost excellence. More nagging I must do..."