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ASP.NET AJAX, formerly known by the code name "Atlas," is Microsoft's offering for developers to build next-generation, AJAX-style web applications through integration with the .Net Framework and the Microsoft platform.
ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 includes enhanced training capabilities made available by: Virtual Labs, MS Learning Online Clinics, resource kits, third-party reference materials and online tutorials.
Keith Smith, group product manager, Microsoft Core Web Platform & Tools, said Microsoft's implementation of AJAX, ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for creating more interactive, more efficient and more personalized Web experiences that work across all the most popular browsers.
"With ASP.NET AJAX Web designers and developers can build standards-compliant Web sites using the skills they already have and tools they already know," he said.
Moreover, Smith said Microsoft is providing best-in-class tools that enable teams to work together to build solutions more quickly and get them to market even faster.
"For example, using the integrated tools provided by Microsoft Expression Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Suite, teams can design, develop, debug, test and deploy Web sites faster than ever before," he said.
In addition, Microsoft said customers using ASP.NET AJAX are able to get more business value from their Web sites, because they can deliver differentiated, relevant and productive experiences to their customers, creating an enhanced user experience that keeps their customers coming back.
Customers such as Burton Snowboards, Phanfare and Shelfari have all benefited from implementing ASP.NET AJAX on their Web sites , Smith said
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