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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.

Add-Remove

The Product itself will be released today. I will update this post with the correct link.

Update 08/12
You can download the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 here.

Furthermore Visual Studio 2008 SP1 was released today which can be downloaded here.

Summary
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.

 

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Via Microsoft:

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is the new managed code programming model for Windows®. It combines the power of the .NET Framework version 2.0 with new technologies for building applications that have visually compelling user experiences, seamless communication across technology boundaries, and the ability to support a wide range of business processes. These new technologies are Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace. The .NET Framework 3.0 is included as part of the Windows Vista™ operating system; you can install it or uninstall it using Windows Features Control Panel. This redistributable package is for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.


The .NET Framework 3.0 has officially been released!  You can download the .NET Framework 3.0 components here:


  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package


  • Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit for Windows Vista™ and .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components

    The Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit (SDK) provides the documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools you need to develop applications that run on Windows.

    The Windows SDK includes content for application development with the APIs in Windows Vista, including the .NET Framework 3.0 technologies: .NET Framework 2.0, Windows® Presentation Foundation, Windows® Communication Foundation, Windows® Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace™.


  • Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (Windows Workflow Foundation)

    Windows Workflow Foundation is the programming model, engine, and tools for quickly building workflow-enabled applications on Windows. It consists of a Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 namespace (System.Workflow), an in-process workflow engine, and designers for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005.


  • Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP

    The Visual Studio 2005 extensions for.NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP provides developers with support for building .NET Framework 3.0 applications using the released version of Visual Studio 2005. These tools are provided as an early preview of technology being considered for the Orcas release of Visual Studio. These tools are not supported by Microsoft but provided as is to enable early adoption of the .NET Framework 3.0 platform. Users will be expected to upgrade to the Visual Studio Orcas release when that becomes commercially available.


  • Microsoft Pre-release Software Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" - October Community Technology Preview (CTP)

    Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" delivers on Microsoft’s vision of smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality rich user experiences. This new version enables any size organization to rapidly create more secure, manageable, and more reliable applications that take advantage of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System. By building these new types of applications, organizations will find it easier than ever before to capture and analyze information so that they can make effective business decisions.

    Read all about "Orcas" on the blog of Erwyn van der Meer

Note, if you are using Windows Vista the .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components are installed by default.

The Readme for the released version of the .NET Framework 3.0 is available here.  If you have a previous CTP installed, please be sure to use the Pre-released Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Uninstall Tool. If you have questions about installing the .NET Framework 3.0, please post your questions to the .NET Framework Setup Forum.