As reported on Robert Green’s blog, some members of the Microsoft Visual Basic .NET team have created a freely available Visual Basic Power Pack that contains seven WinForm controls to help you create more powerful client applications:

·        BlendPanel – A panel that provides a gradient fill background with configurable start and end colors

·        Notification Window – A window that displays Windows Messenger-like “toast” messages

·        UtilityToolbar - A graphical toolbar that looks and behaves like the one in Internet Explorer

·        ImageButton - A button that displays an image on a transparent background so all of your buttons don’t have to have the standard rectangular look

·        TaskFrame - A container for TaskPanes that behaves like the TaskPane in Word 2003 or Excel 2003. The TaskPanes are collapsible windows that can contain any other control.

·        FolderViewer – A control to display folder hierarchies

·        FileViewer – A control that displays files in a specified folder