Tuesday, November 07, 2006 8:01 AM bart

Hot releases: .NET Framework 3.0, Windows SDK, 2007 Office System + VSTO, ASP.NET AJAX, SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition

A big date for Microsoft with the release of a lot of exciting technologies, some of which still in beta or RC, but still. A list:

  • .NET Framework 3.0 - formerly called WinFX; contains WPF, WCF, WF and WCS. In short: the next-generation platform to build managed code applications. Remember the following sum: .NET Framework 3.0 = .NET Framework 2.0 + WPF + WCF + WF + WCS. Installation only required on XP, 2003 and Longhorn Server betas; it will come out of the box with Windows Vista. Also available today is the Windows SDK, the final version of the Windows SDK for Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.0. Basically Windows SDK extends Platform SDK. Check out this page as well to get all of the components you need (extensions for Visual Studio 2005 etc).
  • ASP.NET AJAX Beta 2 - formerly called Atlas; brings Asynchronous Java and XML to the world of ASP.NET. This technology was demonstrated during today's keynote and I have to say it's very cool indeed. I didn't play with it myself yet, but I'll definitely do in the foreseeable futurue to get to know the concept better.
  • SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (or Everywhere Edition, or what else it has been called) has reached the RC stage. It offers a low footprint relational database engine based on the SQL Server 2005 core, and can be loaded in memory on all sorts of applications. Check out my getting started post written a few months ago for the previous beta.
  • 2007 Office System - released this week; will be available for download to MSDN Subscribers shortly (as well as the Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office for the 2007 Microsoft Office System - no prizes to win if you can say this product name five times in row).

Other products that are very close to shipping include Windows Vista (finally!) and Windows PowerShell. Windows Vista will become available for MSDN Subscribers shortly after its release too. For those of you who like press releases, click here.

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