Windows 7 SDK Beta, and my wish for my next Christmas’ present

…I´ll be there when you’re ready
To roll with the changes.
“Roll with the changes”, REO Speedwagon, 1978

More or less simultaneously with Windows 7 Beta -which seems to have concentrated all the attention-, Microsoft has released a Beta version of the SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.It can be downloaded from here. Although seems like there’s not much new stuff in this release for those of us who develop managed code applications, libraries and services using Visual Studio 2008 SP1, there are certainly many interesting new features related to native code development.

Thinking about the contents of this SDK, I’ve decided what I’d like to have as Christmas present when next December 25th arrives, although beforehand seems like my possibilities of getting it are somewhat low. I’d like to receive Windows 7, of course, but with .NET 4.0 included from the very start. The opposite (if Windows 7 will come with .NET 3.5 SP1 or SP2) would be a dissapointment for those of us that develop and deploy managed code desktop applications. I sincerely believe that it is time for Microsoft to “synchronize” the release of new versions of the operating system with those of its main application develoment platform (or isn’t?) .

PS. This is a somewhat reduced version of the original post in Spanish. 

Octavio Hernandez

Desarrollador y consultor en tecnologías .NET. Microsoft C# MVP entre 2004 y 2010.

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