The abbreviation "ASP" has two different meanings: On one hand, ASP is the short form for "Application Service Provider." An ASP provides software products or applications through a network. This usually happens on a rental basis. In addition, the abbreviation ASP stands for "Active Server Pages" - a server script language that was developed by Microsoft for the creation of dynamic websites. As the successor of ASP, ASP.NET was introduced in 2002. The basis for ASP.NET is the .NET framework technology.