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Microsoft’s Atlas, a set of tools and technologies designed to make coding in AJAX easier, has finally gotten a product name, or rather, a set of product names (AJAX is short for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, a popular mix of existing technologies).

The client-side JavaScript library, which works with any browser and off any server, even non-Microsoft ASP.NET ones, will be called the Microsoft AJAX Framework.

The server-side functionality that integrates with ASP.NET are to be called ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions.

The collection of free, shared source controls and components currently called the Atlas Control Toolkit will be renamed the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.

Good to see Microsoft listened to the community feedback and did not try to rename an existing technology for itself. Sticking with what we’ve all been using is a good thing.

All Microsoft is doing, rather than its normal practice of “make it proprietary and steal the market”, is to instead provide better tools for developing with a popular technology, as well as provide more advantages for those sites who ouse its ASP.NET infrastructure.

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