Atlas: Microsoft’s Ajax toolkit

    Microsoft are putting together a toolkit for doing Ajax things, called Atlas. It looks like it’ll be an ASP.NET 2.0 thing, according to Scott Guthrie from Microsoft. Reassuringly, he says “the Atlas Client Script Framework will work on all modern browsers, and with any web server”, meaning that they’re implementing Ajax-style remote scripting in a cross-browser fashion, and that’s a really nice move; MS, in the past, have tended to be rather IE-specific in this sort of thing, and a move away from that toward proper cross-browser support from their development tools can open up remote scripting to a broad swathe of ASP.NET developers who will be building cross-browser code without even necessarily knowing it. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes, but clearly the MS developers’ hearts are in the right place, and we’d all love to see more of that.