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On Somasegar's WebLog, there was a post about the name change from WinFx to the .NET Framework 3.0. There is also a clarifying post from Jason Zander's WebLog on the matter. This is an interesting move and something I am still trying to understand because as I start digging into what this really means, I don't think it is a great idea.

So, what is the deal? WinFx has simply been renamed to the .NET Framework 3.0 ... nothing more and that is the problem. When I install the .NET Framework 3.0, I was thinking that I would be installing a new version of the .NET Framework, but that is not the case. You are just installing the WinFx components such as WPF, WF, and WCF. These items require the .NET Framework 2.0 in order to run. This means that the “.NET Framework 3.0” requires the .NET Framework 2.0 in order to run - how against the model that has been established thus far is this?

The .NET Framework 3.0 will not include everything we thought the future .NET Framework 3.0 would include such as Linq, DLinq, all the new C# 3.0 features and more. The .NET Framework 3.0 will not require a new Visual Studio version as 1.1 and 2.0 did. The reason? Well, the new “.NET Framework 3.0” is not really a new version of the .NET Framework. It is a extra set of components that ride on top of the framework.

For these reasons, I am against the name change and think that this will make life more confusing. The reasons stated is that the .NET Framework brand is valuable and trusted. I agree here ..... but don't muck up the brand with this change. Keep things pure! The only advantage I see to this is we developer types can fool strict infrastructure guys with installing WinFx by saying it is just a new version of the .NET Framework - an upgrade to something that is already on the machine and nothing new.

Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:21 AM Microsoft , Programming Languages , Reviews | Back to top


Comments on this post: .NET Framework 3.0 - It's Not What People Think

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Fight the power man, I'm with ya! The name selection is horrible, and obviously a marketing decision and not a developer-logical decision.

I'm reminded of last year's Tech Ed when Steve Ballmer was doing the keynote...he was talking about some new product that had an ubsurdly long name, and after he said "Some people say Microsoft is a great marketing company...I'm not so sure."

Apparantly he didn't get his point accross.
;)

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Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on Jun 13, 2006 6:00 AM

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I couldn't agree more, this name change is quite silly, will lead to confusion and will make it harder for me to explain not only to customers but to my boss what each update is.
Left by Krystan Honour on Jun 13, 2006 6:02 AM

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I was going to make a post about the exact same thing. Seeing that you worded it so well though, I think I will just link to you :).

I think you're right on the money, Bill!
Left by Jason Olson on Jun 13, 2006 7:23 AM

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Uncle MS usually do something funny!
Left by young40 on Jun 16, 2006 12:12 PM

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Yes, I also agree with this. The version name .net 3.0 makes the things pretty funny and it took amount of time to understand what the real fact is, well i am several year expert in .net, but i don't whats the situations turns to the novice or those who want to enter in .net area!
Left by Ashraf on Jul 27, 2006 11:51 PM

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Horrible choice of name, I agree.
Left by biggy on Jun 26, 2007 9:45 AM

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.NET Framework 3.0 is no a new version of .NET Framework, its a Plug-In which requires .NET FrameWork 2.0 installed on your system.
Left by Abhishek Dhanotia on Aug 07, 2007 6:12 AM

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New Features of .NET Framework 3.0

There are four new technologies in .NET Framework 3.0 ----

1. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
2. Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
3. Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF)
4. Windows CradSpace (WCS)

Left by Hemant Sharma on Jul 09, 2008 9:59 AM

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