The Dirty Little Secret About Longhorn
Contrary to what many believe, Longhorn won't be built on top of the .Net Framework, we hear. But that might not be a bad thing.Developers say theres a dirty little secret about Longhorn that few Softies are discussing publicly: Longhorn wont be based on the .Net Framework. Were still expecting that the .Net Framework will ship with Longhornon the CD and/or "in the box" in some way. But the .Net Framework wont be at Longhorns core, we hear. Instead, the .Net Framework will be the core for a small subset of Longhorn, specifically the WAP (Windows API Platform), which consists primarily of the "Avalon" Windows presentation system and the "Indigo" Windows communications system.
(Maybe Microsofts revelation on Wednesday that the .Net Framework 2.0 beta is breaking applications has something to do with this? Were waiting for official word back from Microsoft.)