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Microsoft just launched a beta version of an application called Tafiti. A nice test application from Microsoft that demonstrates - probably most importantly - the use of Silverlight.

For those new to Silverlight - Microsoft's official one paragraph description of this technology is:

"Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows."

Basically Tafiti is not a new candy (the name is Swahili meaning "do research") but it is a way of looking at search that is different than a straight list of links (which it does also). You can look at the links in a tree view fashion. Though I have to say that I can't see any relationships between the elements that make up the leafs or the branches - so I am unsure if they are random or not.

I'm not sure how many will use this a search - I really think in the end - people want a list of elements  and  I don't think a tree is the quickest and surest way for a human to consume the data. Though, again, it is a nice showcase for Silverlight.

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:03 PM Microsoft , Reviews | Back to top

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Left by Anselm on Aug 21, 2007 6:24 PM

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