Microsoft releases ASP.NET AJAX 1.0

Microsoft released ASP.NET Ajax 1.0 today which might give some indication of what WPF/E support will look like. It is Microsoft's first foray into a rich cross-platform experience with the standards based web, and it seems to be going off well.

Today Microsoft released "Atlas" or what has become ASP.NET Ajax 1.0. Scott Guthrie has the big news and Mary Jo Foley here on ZDNet has some good information as always. You can go grab the framework on the ASP.NET AJAS website.

So we're finally seeing a release version of Microsoft's commitment to the standards-based web and by most accounts, they've done a good job. Scott has an example of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit running inside of Opera so I think they want to make clear that Microsoft is targeting developers rather than trying to lock in consumers. This has implications for how WPF/E fits into the strategy, so I think this release is a good sign for all of us hoping to see Microsoft go more cross-platform.

The other thing to mention is that Scott talked briefly about "Orcas" the next iteration of Visual Studio:

All of the ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 features will be integrated directly into the next release of ASP.NET (codename: "Orcas"). Visual Studio "Orcas" will also provide client-side JavaScript intellisense, JavaScript compilation checking, and rich JavaScript debugging support for ASP.NET AJAX scenarios.

"Orcas" promises to be a pretty impressive release with its support of ASP.NET AJAX as well as XAML/WPF intelllisense. I'm still not entirely clear how ASP.NET AJAX and WPF/E will fit together, but because WPF/E supports JavaScript, I think we'll see some synergy there and that one technology will be able to help the other as they grow.

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