Microsoft is deepening its investment in the ADO.NET Entity Framework as a critical piece of Microsoft’s Data Platform vision. Based on the need to align with requirements from key internal partners that are building on the Entity Framework, along with the need for a better tool experience, we have decided to ship the ADO.NET Entity Framework and Tools during the first half of 2008 as an update to the Orcas release of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio. We will continue to ship CTPs and Betas of the ADO.NET Entity Framework that align with Orcas throughout the remainder of this year.
Microsoft shipped the first CTP of the ADO.NET Entity Framework in August of 2006. Customers immediately grasped the power of being able to work with their data through a conceptual model, rather than in terms of database schemas optimized around storage concerns like normalization and data partitioning. In February we added the framework into the CTP and Beta 1 builds of the next version of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio codenamed Orcas.
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