Even though Microsoft developed the technology behind what has become known as Ajax, it is not part of the Open Ajax group. The initiative behind the group includes plenty of other tech powerhouses: IBM, Google, Oracle, Yahoo, Red Hat and Mozilla.
IBM led the way in releasing details about the Open Ajax group. By using Ajax technology, developers can create web applications that update within a web page, instead of requiring the web browser to reload the complete page each time an element of the page content changes. Applications like Google’s Gmail and Yahoo News make use of Ajax in their functionality.
IBM noted how another contributor to the Open Ajax project, Zimbra, has agreed to make some valuable technology available:
Also, IBM plans to contribute software to the Eclipse Project and the Mozilla Foundation to facilitate Ajax development. IBM said its proposed Eclipse Ajax toolkit framework would support multiple Ajax runtime toolkits; the framework supports Zimbra’s runtime, as well as ones from Dojo and OpenRico.