- Late 1998 / Early 1999 – Microsoft releases IE 5.0 with support for XMLHttpRequest
- Sometime In Between – Oddpost uses XMLHttpRequest to produce a highly functional webmail client
- February 2005 – Google releases Google Maps to the world demonstrating cross-platform use of XMLHttpRequest (Google also released Google Groups, Google Suggest, and GMail using the technology around this time)
- February 18, 2005 – Jesse James Garrett writes, “Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications” on the Adaptive Path website.
- The world jumps on the bandwagon, seeing how cool Google Maps is, and that it’s not just “google magic” — the name “AJAX” and some simple descriptions of the technology allow lots of people to really grasp what it’s about.
I’d like to point out that many of the “rich application frameworks” that are out there (many of which are described in my rich application frameworks page) have been at this for a while, working on their technology out of the limelight.
There’s more to this, for sure, but I think i’m hitting the key points.
Some of this was ‘researched’ at various places around the web, but i found the Wikipedia AJAX article very helpful