It is quite an exciting time to be involved with smart clients at Microsoft. Late last year I moved from my role in the Architecture Strategy team to the Windows Forms team to look at our future smart client platform strategy. Now of course, Windows Forms is not the only technology that is relevant to smart clients and there are a number of other teams within Microsoft that provide key parts of our client story. One of the most important of these is the ASP.NET team.

 

Well, after the successful launch of Visual Studio 2005 we’ve had a bit of a reshuffle and I am extremely happy to report that the Windows Forms team has been merged with the ASP.NET and Atlas teams to form the “Client and Web Platform and Tools Team”! This re-org brings together our client and web frameworks and will allow us to deliver a more integrated client platform and supporting infrastructure. I now work for the illustrious Brad Abrams, who’s the group program manager for the team. The big cheese of the whole team is of course Scott Guthrie J.

 

We’ve had a couple of weeks for the two teams to get to know each other now, and I think we are just starting to realize just how many opportunities there are for us to capitalize on the strengths of each platform to take client development to the next level. It’s going to be an interesting couple of months while we figure out what the future will look like and how we’re going to get there…