More Longhorn Fallout; More Technologies DelayedBy Channel Insider Staff | Print
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The Microsoft Business Framework, like the Windows File System, is now a technology with no guaranteed ship date.By cutting the Windows File System (WinFS) feature out of both Longhorn client and server, Microsoft Corp. didn't affect only its next-generation Windows release. It also has set back technologies designed to be dependent on WinFS.
One of the most prominent of these technologies is the Microsoft Business Framework (MBF).
The Microsoft Business Framework is a set of developer tools and software classes designed to build atop Microsoft's .Net Framework. Various Microsoft product groups, as well as some of its third-party software partners, are working to build a number of its productsincluding the Microsoft Business Portal, future releases of its Visual Studio .Net tool suite and its "Code Green" suite of business applications built on top of a single code baseall on top of the MBF layer.
Earlier this summer, Microsoft revealed that it had decided to delay the final release of MBF from 2005 to 2006 in order to sync it up with Longhorn. But as MBF has WinFS dependencies, all bets are off, as to when MBF will see the light of day.
"We've aligned [the] WinFS and MBF technologies to make sure that the APIs and features are consistent, so we're targeting to ship MBF when we ship WinFS," acknowledged John Montgomery, director of marketing for Microsoft's developer division. "There's still some technology rationalization going on, so dates and features may changestandard caveat this early in the processbut that's plan of record."