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Forms vs. Applications (19 Sep 2005)
In the long run, I believe we'll see more stand-alone Internet applications with optimized UIs for handling certain types of tasks and data. The Napster subscription manager, the iTunes music store, and Google maps are current examples of this trend. Once Windows Vista (Longhorn) becomes commonly used, most Internet functionality will likely offer its features to give downloaded code the same look-and-feel as native code (XAML/Avalon). This, of course, will take years. (The usual recommendation is to wait at least two years after a technology's release before using it on your website.)
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