.NET Framework 3.0 Release Candidate

In addition to releasing the Release Candidate of Microsoft Windows Vista, this Friday also saw the release of the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Release Candidate.

Unlike previous releases of the .NET Framework version 3.0 does not introduce a new version of the Common Language Runtime; the CLR remains at version 2.0. The Microsoft .NET Framework introduces four new enhancements.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), previously known by the codename Indigo, introduces a new framework for the development of message based distributed architectures.

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), previously known by the codename Avalon, introduces the next generation framework for the development of user interfaces. Avalon introduced the new XAML markup language.

Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) provides the engine and tools for quickly building workflow enabled applications.

Windows CardSpace is designed to help users to store the various digital identities we all use daily. With our credit cards and various membership cards, CardSpace provides a unified store for all digital identities.

You can download the .NET Framework 3.0 from here.

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