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WinFX=.Net 3.0!

June 10th, 2006 by Patrick S

When speaking to developers about WinFX one question that repeatedly comes up is, “WinFX sounds great, but what happens to .NET?” .NET Framework has becomes the most successful developer platform in the world.  Developers know and love .NET.

The .NET Framework has always been at the core of WinFX, but the WinFX brand didn’t convey this.  The WinFX brand helped us introduce the incredible innovations in terms of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and the newly christened Windows CardSpace (WCS) formerly known under the codename “InfoCard.”  The brand also created an unnatural discontinuity between previous versions of our framework and the current version.

With this in mind Microsoft have decided to rename WinFX to the .NET Framework 3.0.  .NET Framework 3.0 aptly identifies the technology for exactly what it is – the next version of our developer framework.

The change is in name only and will not affect the technologies being delivered as part of the product. The .NET Framework 3.0 is still comprised of the existing .NET Framework 2.0 components, including ASP.NET, WinForms, ADO.NET, additional base class libraries and the CLR, as well as new developer-focused innovative technologies in WPF, WCF, WF and WCS:

 

The .NET Framework 3.0 will still ship with Windows Vista, and will be available down-level for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 as planned.  This change doesn’t affect in any way the ship schedules of either Windows Vista or the .NET Framework 3.0 itself.

Microsoft are confident that this change will go a long way towards reducing confusion people may have about our developer platform and the technologies in which they should invest. 

Source staight from Somasegars MSDN blog

Posted in Beta News, MS News, Products | 12 Comments »


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12 Responses

  1. Anonymous Says:

    gr8! So now we have 2 WCSes. Windows CardSpace and Windows Color System. Why dont they rename everything else too! Windows Start button, Windows Notepad, Windows Search (so that it can be nicely confused with Windows Live Search which are already 2 of them), Windows DirectX….could go on and on and on…someone give MS naming lessons.

  2. JD’s Weblog Says:

    [...] Checking out MSBlog (great site for tacking techo Microsoft stuff at btw ) they appear to answer one of Nic’s questions about if the name change will mean a new version of the framework with LINQ and other goodies – the answer appears to be no. It will be built on the .Net 2.0 framework and looks to just add the pillars of WinFX. [...]

  3. Bartys Blog » Microsoft Rechristens WinFX as .Net Framework 3.0 Says:

    [...] Source [...]

  4. Joseph Bittman MVP Says:

    That is sooo much better! I haven’t really looked into WinFX much, but I wasn’t expecting it to become the new .Net…. definitely will make me pay more attention to it in the future. Thanks Patrick!

  5. Surya Says:

    So when and how did .NET become the most successful developer framework? I am quite curious. Is it fact or just a little bit of literary freedom?

  6. Patrick S Says:

    Ha Ha Anonymous…If you say so,
    With regard to Surya this is from an MSDN blog so ofcouse they are going to rate their product (it will be an awesome framework anyway :D )

  7. Joe Says:

    Oh. “WinFX” sounded so much cooler.

  8. MVP KenLin Says:

    Well, I did not expect that it is called .NET 3.0, I thought that it will be released as .NET 2.1 or .NET 2.x

    Now it is confused as this .NET 3.0 is using .NET 2.0 CLR…….

  9. kenlin@HK [MVP] Says:

    Well, I did not expect that WinFX will be called .NET 3.0, I thought that it will be released as .NET 2.1 or .NET 2.x

    Now it is confused as this .NET 3.0 is using .NET 2.0 CLR……
    And now, Microsoft is already changed all the site to be name as .NET 3.0

  10. Patrick S Says:

    Oh so they have…now its official :)

  11. Target IT » Blog Archive » WinFX=.Net 3.0! Says:

    [...] 3.0! 0 Comments WinFX=.Net 3.0!When speaking to developers about WinFX one question that repeatedly comes up is, “WinFX soundsgreat, but what happens to .NET?” .NET Framework has becomes the most successful developer platform in the world. Developers know and love .NET. [...]

  12. rei Says:

    It’s a short-sighted misnomer. There’s no better way to describe it. It’s going to mess up future versions.

    http://www.petitiononline.com/winfx/petition.html