The Ajax Control Toolkit - Open Source and Now Maintained by DevExpress

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With more than 9 million downloads, Microsoft is happy to announce that DevExpress will be the new project owner for the Ajax Control Toolkit. As the new project owner, DevExpress will work towards improving the toolkit, making sure it is easy to install, works with modern browsers and continues to get regular updates.

The entire community of developers who use Ajax Control Toolkit will benefit from the expertise and organization DevExpress will bring to this open project.

DevExpress announced today that it is taking over the maintenance of the open-source Ajax Control Toolkit. This toolkit was written by Microsoft in the early days of ASP.NET to help developers create web applications in the days before the jQuery library was popular, before Ajax was baked into ASP.NET, and has been downloaded several million times since then.

“It’s an extremely popular toolkit that has unfortunately fallen on hard times,” said Julian M Bucknall, Chief Technology Officer at DevExpress. “We learned from it a long time ago and so it’s time that we paid our dues to the community by taking it over, fixing the endemic issues it has gained over the years and updating it for the current and future versions of Visual Studio development environment.”

​“DevExpress stepping in to help maintain the ASP.NET Ajax Control Toolkit is very exciting,” said Scott Hunter, Principal Group Program Manager of the Application Platform team at Microsoft. “The entire community of developers who use Ajax Control Toolkit will benefit from the expertise and organization DevExpress will bring to this open project.”

Due to the extensive nature of the changes required, DevExpress estimates that an initial corrected release won’t be available until early 2015.

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