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- .NET: 2 Fast, 3 Furious
I am not sure how the decision to rename WinFX (which encompasses WPF, WCF, and WF) to .NET 3.0 will go down with developers who are still in the process of trying to explore, and gradually coming to terms with the changes that new technologies like Atlas and WinFX brought to .NET 2.0. Developers, however, were content, knowing that WinFX was built on top of .NET 2.0 and will be supported for the next decade. This new change, in addition to creating a lot of confusion, will also raise a number of questions; Will existing investments in .NET 2.0 go down the drain soon? Should we wait for the new 3.0 platform to mature before we implement it? Is .NET 2.0 gone?
Hopefully, Microsoft would move swiftly to allay a lot of fears in the coming days. My best guess is that .NET 2.0 (along with its underlying technologies) would be a subset of .NET 3.0 along with Orcas/C# 3.0, WinFX, and LINQ. For now, I am keeping my fingers crossed.