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Microsoft launches SP1 for VS 2008 and .NET 3.5

Alex Christie

5 August 2008

Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing SP1 for Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 by the end of the UK summer. This will be quite a significant update and only comes 6 months after the official launch of VS 2008.

Microsoft says that this won’t be a simple update, but almost completely restructure the two products. The .NET framework, which was originally designed to work on Vista, will shrink in size, 85% to be exact, and will be easier to download and better adaptable to XP now.

Another big change that will come with SP1 is that it will make web based developing a lot easer. Some insiders say it has been designed to make working with objects and SQL connections a lot easier than its ever popular rival Dreamweaver.

In short, SP1 will drastically minimize the amount of time and coding it takes to retrieve and write information to a database. Out of the box SP1 will connect to SQL Server 2008, MySQL, IBM’s DB2 and Oracle.

The .Net Framework Client Profile will be a shrunk down version of .Net Framework 3.5 and Microsoft hopes this will enable richer graphic capabilities and communications possibilities on machines running the older Windows XP.



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