News.com writes that Ajax is giving software a new look.
At the moment, Web pages are limited, compared with most desktop applications. AJAX frees Web pages from the clunkiness they suffer from by making them more interactive and so more functional, Web developers say.
Using AJAX, developers can create an interactive user interface that’s comparable to what’s available on desktop applications. For example, Microsoft Outlook users take for granted that they can drag an e-mail message into a folder, but that’s not possible right now with Web-based e-mail clients like MSN Hotmail. With Ajax applications, users can move items such as windows and buttons around a Web page–much as they do with programs linked to Windows or Mac OS.