I feel like I'm in a time warp. Crazy valuations on companies and now Microsoft is reporting amazing financial results. It's party time! If you didn't see, Microsoft blew away analysts revenue targets on the back of some very strong Vista and Office sales. Sometimes it's nice to see the tech pundits eat a little crow. I really like Vista and I've got it running on every machine at home I can (it kills the battery on my Mac Book Pro too quickly to use regularly). I also got the Xbox Media Extender working and am loving the Vista->Xbox integration.
So now that we know people are actually buying Vista, what's going to be the story for Windows Presentation Foundation? I've seen a lot of internet chatter about there being a lack of good WPF apps out there because of a lack of an installed user base. That actually runs contrary to what I've heard from shops like IdentityMine and Cynergy who have seen strong demand for WPF applications. I get the sense that most of these are on the business side and less on the consumer side however.
Will we start seeing more consumer-facing WPF applications a la the British Library's app? I hope so. The desktop continues to get a lot of attention and this should help keep the momentum going. I think there is actually a reasonable split between what applications should be built in WPF and which ones should be built on things like Adobe AIR. With a bigger WPF user base it should mean that designers everywhere can help keep the user experience bar high and deliver some cool RIAs and start leveraging 3D more. I'm also very interested to see how this could affect XBAPs, the "WPF-in-the-browser" deployment mechanism which lets you create browser-based RIAs in WPF.