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WinFX renamed to .NET Framework 3.0

by Floyd Marinescu on Jun 13, 2006 |

Microsoft Corporate Vice-President S.Somasegar announced last week that WinFX would be renamed to the .NET Framework 3.0.  It's good to see Microsoft maintainig the .NET brand which has become incredibly strong and recognizeable throughout the enterprise software community.

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 we 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.

Reactions around the net have been both positive and negative. The community is glad that the .NET brand is sticking around, although some were surprised that thwy would rename the framework to v3.0 since it won't include LINQ.

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