Now that the final major release of the Telerik DevTools division is behind our backs, it is time to make some preliminary plans for year 2012. The AJAX and MVC suites received important updates throughout 2011 and, as you probably expect, this trend will continue next year. One tad you need to have in mind is that the DevTools release will be shifted one month ahead, therefore it will be out in mid February, instead of mid March as it used to be. roadmap3

This means that you will get all that is slated for the next release sooner than you imagined. Isn't that cool?

But enough common talk, I am giving you the actual spotlights for the first major release of RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX and Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC.

RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX

The two focus points that will be with high priority during 2012 will be improvements targeting touchscreen mobile devices and enhanced accessibility. Another thing that will take a central place will be the support of HTML5 features, where applicable (note that the AJAX upload and input controls already has integrated HTML5 features). Among the rest of the highlights for the next release are several substantial features for the editor, grid, listview, org chart, scheduler and treelist controls. To name a few:

  • Comments and track changes Editor features, as well as thumbnail view in its Image Manager
  • Grid cell/column selection
  • Client-side binding and client templates support for the ListView
  • Drag and drop and expand/collapse for nodes in OrgChart
  • New design-time wizard and integrated time zones support for scheduler; client-side binding for SPRadScheduler
  • Export to Excel and client features for the TreeList

See Detailed Roadmap >>

Telerik Extensions for ASP.NET MVC

The MVC Extensions will also obtain some notable updates next year, starting with improved MVC authorization support and combined js file for all components and features. In the long run, they will be more and more tightly integrated with the Kendo UI framework which had its first prime time a couple of weeks ago. The spotlights for the next major release will be new Area chart type and many features across the entire suite. Here are some of them:

  • Multiple value axes and plot bands for the chart
  • Cascading comboboxes
  • Extended editing API for the grid
  • Client API for adding/removing nodes in the treeview

See Detailed Roadmap >>

We have more exciting stuff in mind post R1 2012, and will divulge further details later during 2012, so stay tuned.

Additionally, to help us determine and prioritize what's coming next in both of our ASP.NET web product lines, do not be shy and voice your feedback by either leaving a comment in this post, submit it using the new improved and dandy version of the Telerik Issue Tracker we've just published, or fill the AJAX product survey that is active till the end of this week. We are constantly listening to what you say, as you are the driving force that makes our products better and more useful with each consecutive release.

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About the Author

Stefan Rahnev

Stefan Rahnev (@StDiR) is Product Manager for Telerik Kendo UI living in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been working for the company since 2005, when he started out as a regular support officer. His next steps at Telerik took him through the positions of Technical Support Director, co-team leader in one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and unit manager for UI for ASP.NET AJAX and Kendo UI. Stefan’s main interests are web development, agile processes planning and management, client services and psychology.

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