Republished with Permission - Original
One of the questions I was recently asked at a user group
meeting in Europe was whether it was possible to use ASP.NET AJAX within
SharePoint 2007 solutions. This was a common enough question that
the SharePoint team recently blogged about their plans with ASP.NET AJAX to help
answer it. You can read their post here.
At a highlevel, official support for ASP.NET AJAX within
SharePoint will be coming with the first service pack of SharePoint 2007.
This is because SharePoint 2007 shipped before ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 did, and so
there is some work the SharePoint team needs to-do to make it integrate nicely.
In the meantime, though, you can read the SharePoint team's
blog post here on how to install ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 on a
SharePoint 2007 site and start using its functionality today. There are some
caveats to using it until the first service pack ships - but the steps in their
blog post will help you start using it immediately. Also make sure
to check out Eric Schoonover's blog post on a custom AjaxBasePart web part that his
team has created to help with using ASP.NET AJAX within custom web parts you