Our Kendo UI product is a client-side framework for building modern HTML5/JS web applications for desktop and mobile. It contains all the needed building blocks for creating professional HTML5 web apps, including framework components such as data source, light-weight and fast templates, globalization, validation, drag and drop, as well as a set of UI widgets (including grid, chart, combobox, treeview, etc.).
Starting with next major release, we will introduce three separate Kendo UI flavors - Web, DataViz and Mobile. Each of those will serve different purpose:
- Kendo UI Web - for building HTML5/JS, mobile and touch-enabled web applications
- Kendo UI DataViz - rich data visualization chart and gauges, applicable for desktop and mobile
- Kendo UI Mobile - mobile suite targeting the most popular platforms (iOS, Android) and making your applications look native on each of the platforms, automatically.
All three will form the Kendo UI Complete package, which will be the ultimate bundle for HTML5/JS desktop and mobile development.
Additionally, we intend to introduce extensions for popular server-side frameworks like ASP.NET MVC, PHP, RoR, etc. during 2012 and beyond. Since the ASP.NET AJAX suite contains mature and high-performing controls and already receives HTML5 features on demand, as well as improvements concerning their touch and mobile support, as explained down this thread, we do not have immediate plans for AJAX server extensions for Kendo UI. Of course, our reflections can change at some point when we have matching Kendo UI counterparts for the majority of the controls from our AJAX bundle.
Bottom line, you will probably concur that we are not lacking anything major that the ComponentOne Wijmo AJAX offering currently has, provided that you can use the Kendo UI HTML5 charts and data source components side-by-side with RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX and having in mind what's coming next in Kendo UI. While the Kendo UI widgets can be styled via the ThemeBuilder tool, the AJAX controls appearance can be customized via the Visual Style Builder.
Let me know if you have any additional deliberations on this subject.
Product Manager, Kendo UI division
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