The last 2 to 3 weeks I delivered a number of presentations on the .NET Framework 3.0. When talking through the different pillars I often receive questions on the business value of some of these technologies. This is especially true for the Windows Presentation Foundation.
To show off some of the concepts and types of applications we can build with WPF I use some the demos that can be found here. The WPF Sudoku Game (part 1 - part 2) is always a nice teaser; it even uses WCF.
The killer WPF app available today is - without any doubt - the New York Times WPF application. It's a smart client app developed using WPF that offers an great onscreen reading experience, it works on- and offline, it allows to make annotations, include 3 ways to visualize your search results, etc. Give the Times Reader a try! More questions on the features are answered in the FAQ.
Today I was pointed to a couple of other killer WPF apps that are available on the net. The first ones are RC1 samples by Karen Corby:
Click the links to run the apps on demand or through ClickOnce download.
The second set of examples are labs created by thirteen23, a collaborative team of designers, developers, and UI architects dedicated to creating engaging experiences:
All these samples run on RC1 of .NET Framework 3.0.
As part of our Business Innovation Event in Belgium we are also working on some real life scenarios for WPF. You can expect an update on these applications mid-November.
If you know other showcase applications of WPF, leave a comment and I'll add them to the list above.