Microsoft makes it to Beta 1 with its Ajax toolkit

Summary:n October 20, the company finally hit the Beta 1 milestone with "Atlas," the product known known as Microsoft ASP.Net Ajax v 1.0.

Microsoft already has floated several early Community Technology Preview (CTP) test builds of its Ajax toolkit. But on October 20, the company finally hit the Beta 1 milestone with "Atlas," the product known known as Microsoft ASP.Net Ajax v 1.0.

Microsoft is making the Beta 1 bits available for download to any interested testers.

Unlike previous builds, the new Ajax toolkit supports Apple's Safari browser. Opera browser support isn't part of this build but is coming, according to Scott Guthrie, a general manager with Microsoft's developer division.

he Beta 1 build also "cleaned up, simplified, and enhanced a lot of the client-side JavaScript library APIs (application programming interfaces," Guthrie said.

Robert McLaws, head of the WindowsNow Microsoft-enthusiast site, blogged that he was as interested in the Atlas team's distribution concepts as the actual product.

Over the past few months, Microsoft "significantly improved the performance and decreased the size of the JavaScript libraries, among other things," McLaws said. "But the change that I think sets the standard for Microsoft releases to come is the way they've cut features for release.

"'Atlas' had a ton of functionality in it. It was a constantly moving platform, but the ASP.NET team had prototyped a bunch of cool things that made the platform really interesting. Well, in moving to a release product, Microsoft cut some of those features from the officially-supported first release. But instead of ripping them out of the V1 release all together, they moved it into another 'value-added' CTP release and shipped them anyways," McLaws explained.

Guthrie said Microsoft's plan is to release a beta refresh "in a few weeks," then ship a release-candidate build, and "then ship it as a fully supported 1.0 release once people feel it is ready."

Guthrie said in September that Microsoft's goal was to ship the Atlas 1.0 release before the end of calendar 2006.

Topics: Microsoft


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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