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Microsoft Business Framework Delayed

A quiet casualty of the latest Yukon/Whidbey slippage is the Microsoft Business Framework.

The framework, or MBF, which ostensibly builds upon the broader .Net framework, is to be the foundation of new business applications from both Microsoft and its ISV partners. Early pieces of it have shown up in the Microsoft Business Portal. But "early bits" that were to be made available to ISVs by late last year never emerged.

The reason? The evolving framework is closely tied to the upcoming SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 releases, Microsoft executives acknowledged. Earlier this month, Microsoft conceded that those releases had slipped from late this year into 2005. the first half of 2005.

In the meantime, Microsoft continues to talk to customers and partners about what they want to see in MBF, Prashant Sridharan, lead product manager for Visual Studio, told CRN Monday. He said the latest plan is for MBF to ship when or shortly after Visual Studio 2005, aka Whidbey, makes it out the door. Both Whidbey and the new SQL Server, aka Yukon, are due next year.

MBF is more tied to the database than to Visual Studio, Sridharan noted. "There are some dependencies around object entity relationships in Yukon," he said.

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