One of the projects the data visualization group within the Reporting Services team has been working on is building stand-alone ASP.NET and Windows Forms Chart Controls for the .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008, similar to what has been already available as built-in chart functionality in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008.
These stand-alone chart controls can be easily integrated into your existing applications and have a very rich API. We are excited that they are now available on Microsoft Download Center! Congratulations to our data visualization group! To get a quick overview of a subset of the available chart types in the stand-alone controls, take a look at the image below:
Important download links:
Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
This installs the ASP.NET and Windows Forms Controls. The assemblies will be installed in the GAC as well as in the “%Program File%\Microsoft Chart Controls\Assemblies” folder. If you build an application using the controls, your setup and deployment should add MSChart.exe installer as a pre-requisite.
Language Pack for Microsoft Chart Controls
This installs the language pack for the Chart Controls. It is available in 23 .NET Framework languages.
Microsoft Chart Controls Add-on for Visual Studio 2008
This installs the IntelliSense file in English for the controls and also adds the controls to the toolbox for ASP.NET and Windows Forms.
Samples to get your development started are available on MSDN (http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/mschart). Furthermore, if you have questions or suggestions, or just want to share your excitement, please visit our newly created MSDN forum for Windows Forms and ASP.NET Chart Controls.