Microsoft shows Atlas development tools

At the MIX 06 conference in Las Vegas today, Microsoft showed Atlas, a new set of tools designed to add AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) support to ASP.NET. Following the release of the first build in September last year, Microsoft has made available a new Community Technical Preview of Atlas. The March CTP includes a "go-live license" that lets developers take their Atlas-based code into production. A number of Atlas sites are already being showcased, including Pageflakes, a web portal solution that integrates with a variety of other sites and services.

In addition to showing Atlas, Microsoft also introduced a new build of the Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview. The new build is "layout complete," and will not undergo any further rendering engine changes. This means that web designers can safely update their code without worrying about incompatibilities with the final version of Internet Explorer 7, which is due out with Windows Vista in the second half of this year, possibly in November.

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