A key premise behind Microsofts "smart client" pitch is that Web apps are not as good as fat/rich/locally based ones.
Microsoft defines smart clients as software that combines the best of Web apps with the best of locally hosted ones.
Microsofts smart-client elevator pitch: Web apps cant handle all the complex tasks that smart-client apps can. They cant gracefully switch between connected and disconnected states. And they cant take advantage of all the rich graphics and processing power that smart-client apps can.
Microsoft has been pushing the virtues of smart clients for at least two years. But this year, the company is intent on getting that message to stick.
Adaptive Path, a consultancy that does Web design work for companies large and small, is the firm that coined the Ajax moniker.
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