I know I am using an overused “Title” for this post. But I really mean it.

It is about building Windows Applications that are connected to the cloud (Internet) for either authentication or utilizing other services. Though there are applications today that work this way – like Windows Live Writer, Google Picasa, Yahoo! Flickr – they are few and very difficult to develop and test. The development tools including Visual Studio 2005 does very little to support a model like this. Microsoft Dev Tools team is aiming to change all this with the upcoming version of Visual Studio “Orcas”. Read about this and other features of “Orcas” and download the CTP from here.

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Read a good blog post on this here by Microsoft’s Saurabh Pant

Juval Lowy (My fellow RD) writes about how to do this with VS 2005 today

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