Yes, if you decide to convert projects using the Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC to use the Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC wrappers, Telerik will provide detailed guidance and professional support.
Comprehensive migration path from Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC to Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC is outlined as part of the Kendo UI docs, and in blog posts elaborating on this subject (posted both on kendoui.com and telerik.com). The documentation resource above was further updated down the road with more information facilitating the migration.
Moreover, with the official release, Kendo UI provides a complete set of themes that identically match the Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC. Using these themes, developers will be able to use Kendo UI and Telerik Extensions side-by-side without any visual differences. This will help ease the transition process without disrupting users.
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC is the next generation ASP.NET MVC product from Telerik, designed to ultimately replace the Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC.While both products have shared objectives, Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC has two main advantages over the classic Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC:
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC builds on the underlying Kendo UI client-side framework to provide server-side helpers for ASP.NET MVC developers. Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC cannot be used without the Kendo UI client-side libraries, and as such it is a super-set of the core Kendo UI features.
In its current version Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC contains server wrappers for the Kendo UI Web, DataViz and Mobile widgets.
However, if you rely on core functionality exposed in the ASP.NET MVC framework (action methods, server and client validation, server data connectivity and handling, view engines, etc.) and you want to simplify your adoption of Kendo UI in this environment, we recommend using Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC.
Telerik remains committed to providing the best tools in the industry for ASP.NET MVC developers. To that end, Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC will enter a maintenance phase following the Telerik DevTools Q2 2012 release. The Q2 2012 release contains new features and updates for the existing Telerik Extensions.
After the Q2 2012 release, the Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC will receive 3 releases over the next year - consisting primarily of bug fixes and minor enhancements - before development is discontinued in Q3 of 2013.
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC is intended to be the successor of Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC and is recommended for new ASP.NET MVC development. The introduction of Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC compliments and enhances Telerik’s ability to deliver more value to ASP.NET MVC developers.
The first official release of Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC was shipped on July 11th 2012. It contains all core functionality and components available in the Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC, and even exceed the capabilities of today's Telerik MVC Extension. Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC will be actively developed going forward, adding more functionality and by far surpassing the Telerik Extensions.
Your feedback for Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC can help shape the future versions of the product. Feel free to share feedback in our public forums and on our User Voice portal.
Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC is included in all three Telerik Collections (DevCraft UI Edition, Complete and Ultimate). This means that if you own a license for any of these collections, you receive Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC license as part of them free of charge, for the period of your Telerik Collection subscription.
Individual Telerik UI for ASP.NET MVC licenses are also available on telerik.com.
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