Microsoft "Arrowhead" to beef up support for occasionally connected apps

With online/offline application synchronization such a hot topic these days, it’s not too surprising that Microsoft is working on enhancements to its development platform to help programmers write these kinds of apps.“Arrowhead” — Microsoft’s next release of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and Base Class Library (BCL) elements of its .Net Framework — will be […]

With online/offline application synchronization such a hot topic these days, it’s not too surprising that Microsoft is working on enhancements to its development platform to help programmers write these kinds of apps.

“Arrowhead” — Microsoft’s next release of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and Base Class Library (BCL) elements of its .Net Framework — will be key to what Microsoft does here. Arrowhead will beef up support for occasionally connected apps, sources said.

Google, for its part, is touting the Google Gears browser extension as one of the main ways that app vendors will be able to get their Web-based programs to work offline. Microsoft, as you might expect, is coming at the problem differently.

Arrowhead is slated to be part of the first service pack (SP) for .Net Framework 3.5, according to sources close to the company. No word on when that update might ship. The .Net Framework 3.5 is slated to ship simultaneously with Visual Studio 2008, which is expected to be released to manufacturing by the end of 2007. So a first service pack for it will likely hit in late 2008 or early 2009 at best, I’d guess[…]

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