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Microsoft Releases AJAX Tool

The official release of ATLAS

"Without further adieu, Microsoft released its ASP.Net AJAX 1.0 technology, formerly called Atlas, to the Web on Tuesday.

ASP.Net AJAX 1.0 enables Web developers to build AJAX-style (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) Web applications by integrating with the .Net Framework and the Microsoft platform. ASP.Net AJAX is a free framework for building interactive, personalized Web experiences. It functions with the Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and Opera browsers."

PC World:


As you probably know Microsoft first released its ATLAS platform in 2006 as a supplement for ASP.NET developers to create highly interactive client-side web applications. It combines pure javascript on the client side with .NET server controls on the server side to enable AJAX operations.

Now Microsoft has released its first official version of the technology which they are calling ASP.NET AJAX 1.0. I liked the name ATLAS myself, but I suppose that's not descriptive enough for the rest of the world.

Microsoft gives every project a code name. I'm reminded of rumors floating around several years ago that there were two projects at Microsoft named "Beavis" and "Butthead". Apparently, the project manager decided he would think more carefully about project code names when he found himself presenting the achievements of the "Butthead" project to the higher ups.


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