Darryl K. Taft from eWeek does a good article on Atlas.   This highlights what I think is the core value of our Atlas project. 

Microsoft's Atlas Eases AJAX Development, Consultant Says

Some quotes:

“One of the biggest problems with the AJAX approach is the amount of time it takes writing and debugging all that code," he said.

"So wouldn't it be nice if somebody could do all that for you?" he asked. "The answer is Atlas."