Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

Soma Sez 'WinFX' Becomes .NET Framework 3.0

Also, "InfoCard" becomes "Windows CardSpace (WCS)"

A couple days ahead of TechEd 2006, Microsoft's DevDiv VP "Soma" Somasegar apparently couldn't keep the secret any longer. Due to "developer confusion" about how .NET and WinFX are intertwined, he announced today that WinFX has been renamed to ".NET Framework 3.0".

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 (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.

I know that personally, I was always confused by the fact that the installed called it "WinFX Runtime Components 3.0". Besides being a super-lame name, the versioning confused the hell out of me, and I would assume others.

This information was just posted a few minutes ago, so I'm still workign out how this affects the developer roadmap for the next year. More on that shortly.