"With each new release of SharePoint, Microsoft has managed to further improve this platform’s programmability, extensibility and manageability. Among many other exciting new features and capabilities, the new 2010 release of SharePoint now provides developers with ASP.NET AJAX as a first-class tool in our proverbial toolbox. AJAX has been around for some time now, and it is great to finally see both native and custom SharePoint applications will be enabled with the same rich, interactive user controls we’ve come to expect from quality browser-based applications. Yet another exciting technology that ships with SharePoint 2010 is the Service Application Framework. The Service Application Framework allows developers to create robust and scalable shared services which can be consumed by multiple SharePoint web applications."