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.NET Framework Version 3.5 SP1 was introduced to the public in November of 2007, almost exactly one year after Microsoft released version 3.0 that first introduced Windows Presentation Foundation (Direct3D powered new users interface system and API), Windows Communication Foundation (integrated messaging system for application services), Windows Workflow Foundation (task automation and integrated transaction management), and Windows CardSpace (software component for safely storing and managing person’s digital identities and transaction data). Version 3.5 improved upon all those services, adding additional support for operating systems, new services, and better compatibility with Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded CE devices. Service pack 1 arrived in August 2008, bringing performance improvements, new data services, assemblies for web development, and full compatibility with Windows 7.
Some of the new features added to the .NET Framework 3 are:
- Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
- Workflow Foundation (WF)
- Data awareness
- Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
- AJAX support
- RSS and ATOM support
- New graphic features