Translate? Just forget it. There is no "translate" — those things are very different, especially in what you see as "fancy" capabilities. And WPF does not have almost anything related to Windows, including Paint, even though it has similar drawing API. And this is good — Windows is about to obsolete; and GDO+ (used in "cute"
) has many known problems which needs workarounds. I would hope it will eventually go obsolete, despite of Windows 8. I hope it will be eventually replaced with Midory
or something similar. WPF has a potential to live much longer, because it is well "detached" from Windows and almost fully based on DirectX, which is supported by video hardware:
It looks like Microsoft paves the way to quickly get rid of Windows still preserving new .NET libraries.
But — you can do thing much "fancier" with WPF. Just forget "translations". You have 3D graphics, non-rectangular windows, transparency of all elements, intrinsic or custom animation and a lot more.