The Big Launch

Microsoft rolls out 2008 versions of Visual Studio, Windows Server and SQL Server ... Wait, There's More! VS 2008 Plug-Ins

  • ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions: MVC option and other enhancements, delivery vehicle undetermined

  • ADO.NET Entity Framework with LINQ to Entities (beta 3) and Entity Framework Tools (CTP): Object relational mapping technology for .NET 3.5, expected in the first half of 2008

  • F# functional programming language: Developed by Microsoft Research Cambridge, will be fully integrated in Visual Studio

  • Parallel Extensions to .NET 3.5 (December CTP): Parallel-programming model that also coordinates with your respective hardware

  • Silverlight 1.1 Alpha September Refresh: Updated VS tooling expected in Silverlight 2.0 beta 1 time frame

  • SQL Server 2008: VS 2008 patch expected after the database releases to manufacturing

  • Sync Framework (CTP): Allows P2P and offline synchronization of apps, Web services and databases

  • Volta (preview): Toolset from Microsoft Live Labs for building multi-tier Web apps

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