In this blog entry, Scott Guthrie gives us the low-down on Microsoft's plans for actually releasing ATLAS as a supported product. This can only be good news, as it means that the technology will now get 10 years of support from Microsoft. The only down side is that to accelerate the release schedule, what's currently available as two products (ATLAS and the ATLAS Control Toolkit) will get busted into 3 or more - the balancing act being that of having a slightly harder maintenance process versus much better support.
On a related note, I'm looking forward to the VBUG Special Non-Member Event at QA Training in Stockport tomorrow evening . Titled "Flirting with AJAX with Gary Rowntree", it promises to demonstrate how to develop an IM application using ATLAS.
I wonder whether anyone's done any worked examples of integrating intranet-based applications with Sharepoint, Communications Server et al for presence management and embedded communications - seems to me that this is exactly what "joined up" applications are about. If you're going to be at the event, give me a wave.