Jul 10, 11:24 PT
SilverLight contains most of the capabilities found in .NET, including data binding and other things like that. Continental (the airline) is on stage to show how it uses SilverLight with a back-end system that has been online for more than a decade. First Continental has built a Visual Basic application to hide the command-line based back-end. It worked OK but in the end, the employees sometimes had less information that consumers could get on the web (yuck!).
Continental used SilverLight 2 to build a new front-end for their agent. Because of the previous experience with Microsoft's developer tools, the learning curve was not steep. The screenshots partly shows the "before and after".