Microsoft Scuttles Plans for Standalone Microsoft Business Framework
After spending a couple years developing a new software framework that would layer on top of .Net, Microsoft has decided to fold its features into existing products.Microsoft Business Framework (MBF) is no more. The new strategy is to make the various technologies that were to comprise MBS available as part of a variety of other currently shipping and soon-to-be-delivered Microsoft products. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced internally that it had reassigned the couple hundred MBF team members to other product teams, primarily the Visual Studio and Dynamics units, inside the company. Microsoft officials made the companys decision public on Wednesday.
MBF was to be a set of developer tools and software classes designed to ride atop the Microsoft .Net framework. MBF was developed primarily by Great Plains Software team, which Microsoft acquired in 2001. Microsoft was working to build a number of its products including the Microsoft Business Portal, the next version of its Visual Studio .Net tool suite and its "Project Green" wave of ERP/CRM products all on top of the MBF layer.