I've been spending a bit of time getting spun up on what's new in the .NET Framework 3.5 & Visual Studio 2008. With all the buzz around Silverlight & ASP.NET AJAX, you may not have heard about the new tools, APIs, and services for Smart Clients. Here is a list of some of what's coming:
Saurabh Pant has a deck covering these new features and more at http://blogs.msdn.com/saurabh/archive/2007/03/26/smart-client-whats-new-in-orcas.aspx. The deck is chock full of links to resources. Saurabh will be delivering a session on these topics as part of our Public Sector webcast series in August. Keep an eye out here for the announcement.