Today, Steve Ballmer announced at the Web 2.0 Summit that Popfly has moved from closed alpha to open beta; we've lifted the invitation-only restriction and anyone with a Live ID can now browse to the site, create an account, and start building and embedding mashups. So what's new in this release? The Popfly Team blog has a good list of features, but the one I'm happiest with is the performance on embedded applications.

Now

Before

We accomplished this by changing how we store and retrieve mashups. That pig mashup I embedded earlier I resaved and the load time reduced by half.

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