The folks at Microsoft are cooking up something that I think is very cool. They call it Pivot (http://www.getpivot.com/). At its core, Pivot is the intersection of browsing, searching and suggested web content all brought into one unified experience. They have a running example for the MSDN Magazine online (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/default.aspx) where a developer can browse through ten years worth of articles in a user-friendly, graphical way.
What will they think of next!
The other day I stumbled upon a a good article by Bryan Noyes from Microsoft on WCF RIA Service and Silverlight. This is an in-progress 10-part series that started back in June and is currently on step 6 on this very cool topic of Silverlight applications and the data they support.
Microsoft WCF RIA Services simplifies the traditional n-tier application pattern by bringing together the ASP.NET and Silverlight platforms. RIA Services provides a pattern to write application logic that runs on the mid-tier and controls access to data for queries, changes and custom operations. It also provides end-to-end support for common tasks such as data validation, authentication and roles by integrating with Silverlight components on the client and ASP.NET on the mid-tier.