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ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating a new generation of more efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work across all the most popular browsers. With ASP.NET AJAX, you can: create next-generation interfaces with reusable AJAX components, enhance existing Web pages using powerful AJAX controls with support for all modern browsers, continue using Visual Studio 2005 to take your ASP.NET 2.0 sites to the next level, and access remote services and data directly from the browser without writing a ton of complicated script.
The Microsoft Windows Live gadget platform includes both Live gadgets (also called Web gadgets) and Sidebar gadgets (also called Client gadgets). The two types of gadgets combine to offer an unprecedented range of options from dynamic, branded consumer gadgets to rich, secure enterprise gadgets. Live Gadgets in the most general sense, are mini web applications that look and work like small web pages. Live gadgets offer a dynamic, portable user-experience that works the same across a number of platforms including Live.com and MSN Spaces. Sidebar Gadgets are mini desktop applications that offer full enterprise capabilities and security. Sidebar gadgets look and work like rich Vista applications. They can access the file system, access operating system APIs, and do nearly everything else that is possible with a true Vista application.
Internet Explorer Extensions
Windows Vista Ultimate includes Windows Media Center so that you can enjoy your entire digital entertainment library on your PC or on your television. Use your Media Center remote control or your mouse to view your photos in a cinematic slide show, browse your music collection by cover art, easily play DVDs, or watch and record your favorite TV shows. Media Center even makes it easy to download movies and enjoy them whenever you want.
RSS feeds are everywhere, letting users subscribe and access web sites when and where they please. RSS feeds decorated with Simple List Extensions provide better user experience and better indexing for your web site. List-oriented feeds such as Amazon Wish Lists, EBay stores, Yahoo Music, and MSN Spaces use SLEs. Simple List Extensions are fully compatible with RSS 2.0 and Atom, and with other extensions like Media RSS.
Virtual Earth provides the power behind Live Maps, an online mapping service that enables users to search, discover, explore, plan, and share information about specific locations. By using traditional road maps, labeled aerial photo views, low-angle high-resolution aerial photos, and proximity searching capabilities, Virtual Earth provides unique opportunities for developers to incorporate both location and local search features into their Web applications.
Windows CardSpace enables users to provide their digital identities in a familiar, secure and easy way. In the physical world we use business cards, credit cards and membership cards. Online with CardSpace we use a variety of virtual cards to identify ourselves, each retrieving data from an identity provider. Don't struggle with usernames and passwords, just choose an information card!
Windows Presentation Foundation
Windows Presentation Foundation is the next-generation unified presentation graphics subsystem for Windows Vista and Windows XP. It consists of a display engine and a managed code framework. Windows Presentation Foundation unifies how Windows creates, displays and manipulates documents, media and user interface, enabling developers and designers to create visually stunning, differentiated user experiences that improve customer connection. When it ships, scheduled for 2006, Windows Presentation Foundation will become the strategic Microsoft technology for graphics, documents and printing services.