The .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack features new abstractions for working with data, smaller client profiles and performance updates to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). It will ship before the end of the summer, Microsoft said. In a July 31 meeting with SD Times, Shanku Niyogi, product unit manager of the UI Framework and Services team at Microsoft, said that "the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) would be broadly available in all localized versions within a few weeks."
SP1 adds support for SQL Server 2008, the ADO.NET entity framework and ADO.NET data services, which was formerly known as “Astoria.”
Astoria uses ADO.NET to model data, and it exposes entities as URI-addressable resources to be consumed by Web clients within corporate networks and across the Internet. The entity model provides developers with an additional layer of abstraction between the database and themselves.
Since Microsoft has released to manufacturing SQL Server 2008 and the DVD images are now available on Microsoft and the MSDN subscriber downloads.
Interestingly, the Microsoft .NET Framework SP1 doesn't appear to be available although when the SQL Server 2008 setup program is ran it installs the RTM build of the .NET Framework SP1. You can install it separately by selecting the setup at ..x86redistDotNetFrameworksdotNetFx35setup.exe.
As a result of this install my Add or Remove Programs will look like this.
The Product itself will be released today. I will update this post with the correct link.
You can download the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 here.
Furthermore Visual Studio 2008 SP1 was released today which can be downloaded here.
Microsoft shame on you to release such an important framework only the cd of a server product. Hopefully the holiday did good for all your employees.