Follow Up: Question about Mobile Web Developement which was asked at PDC

At PDC, many developers came and asked me on how to build Web Based Controls for mobile applications and how it is different from the previous version. Since my team is focus on the Smart Client developement I did not have the roadmap for the Mobile web development handy.

Here is the roadmap for the Mobile Web Development with ASP.NET


  • ASP.NET will introduce a new control adapter architecture which allows any ASP.NET 2.0 server control to create alternate behaviors for other browsers (including mobile devices).
  • ASP.NET 2.0 will include new features requested by mobile web developers such as auto-detection of cookieless browsers, an improved format for storing browser profiles, membership, profiles, and personalization.
  • ASP.NET 2.0 will still include the ASP.NET 1.x mobile controls, as well as the adapters and devices up to Device Update 4. Microsoft recommends that customers continue to use the ASP.NET 1.x mobile controls to develop mobile web applications on ASP.NET 2.0 (see below for details).

After the Release of ASP.NET 2.0

  • 0-3 months after ASP.NET 2.0 launch: the Device Profiling tool will be updated to produce browser capabilities files (.browser).

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Amit Chopra