The Microsoft .NET 3.0 framework has been released and is available for download. As I've discussed earlier, the .NET 3.0 framework is really the .NET 2.0 release with additional libraries. The core .NET runtime engine has not changed in 3.0, nor has any of the basic libraries. Instead, this is a bundling of the .NET 2.0 engine with the new feature set that was once known as WinFX -
- Windows Presentation Foundation (aka Avalon)
- Windows Communication Foundation (aka Indigo)
- Windows Worflow Foundation
- Windows CardSpace (aka InfoCard)
The key one here for LabVIEW users is going to be the WCF, which is a very rich API for distributed communication between different platforms and languages - mainly through web services and the WS-* standards.