In response to my previous posts about the spectrum of smart clients, I got an email from Mark Levison about an upcoming MSDN chat he's co-hosting: "No Touch Deployment in the real world", on Feb 17 at 1pm (although 1pm in which time zone the page doesn't actually say!)

Mark has built a real product (Databeacon) using the hybrid web + WinForms UserControl techniques (as well as some standalone smart client apps) I talked about. It's great to see real products taking this approach, although I hope we can continue to refine the permissions model as Mark requests to make the experience even more seamless and smooth for users.  Keep in mind that in a corporate domain environment, these things could all be administered centrally as domain policy.