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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Orcas .NET Framework compatibility

As you know, work is currently underway in my group for the next version of Visual Studio which we call internally as “Orcas”.  


Visual Studio “Orcas” is designed to enable customers to rapidly create connected applications on the latest platforms and with the highest quality user experience either individually or as part of a team.


We’re shipping the next generation programming framework that includes Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) in Windows Vista.  We’re also making this available for the Windows XP platform.  Both of these items will be available prior to the release of Visual Studio “Orcas”.  So we have been spending a lot of time thinking about how we should service these components.  We wanted to make sure that we are really customer focused on how this impacts you to ensure that your experience with the next version of VS is a seamless one.


Jason Zander wrote a blog on Framework compatibility last year in the VS 2005 context which is a good read on compatibility.  


The approach we are taking is aimed at minimizing the impact of delivering new features and functionality by servicing existing runtime components in-place and then advancing the platform with new assemblies.   Internally we’re referring to this as the “Red and Green” model which I’ll explain below.




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