Times Reader is built on WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation), which is Microsoft's advanced UI technology for applications. To check out the WPF features in Times Reader, try some of these things:
Resize the window or change the font size - WPF automatically reflows the content and adjusts the number of columns. Browse around the content itself - notice that the ads are themselves WPF (i.e. reflowable). If you’re running on Windows Vista RC1, try a search from the Windows search bar – you’ll see NY Times news articles appear as files in the search. Try the search link (just under the back/forward arrows). The articles are arranged in a heat map tile panel view, with the size denoting the importance of the article. This seems to be a work in progress, as some searches don't have many results at this point (e.g. a search for "microsoft"). Click the Topic Explorer (right-click > Topics, select a topic, then click the "Topic Explorer" radio button in the search results) and see an interconnected web of related articles.
All very interesting, as you can see on these screenshots below:
The cool stuff is that this technology is the same used to create Microsoft Codename Max, which I commented about before.
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