Given that every component vendor under the sun has Ajax-ified their offerings and there are a number of Ajax frameworks on the market and in the community, Atlas is lumbering behind. We wanted a decent Ajax framework last year when Microsoft was just starting on it so lots of people rolled their own. I have some more thoughts on this that I posted to a mailing list in January that I’ve been hesitant to post here. Maybe I will after I get a chance to dig into the current CTP. Ultimately I think Microsoft should have released a simple Ajax framework last year for 1.1/2.0 and continued to go after the full Atlas functionality for Orcas (which they are doing anyway).As for WPF, the difference is that WinForms in the browser needed the Framework on the client so the requirement was more than just IE. WPF/E is different because it requires a new browser for everyone. It will take a while for WPF/E-enabled browsers to reach critical mass but when it happens, the UI layer on the web gets a lot more interesting.
Posted by: Derek Hatchard