DXperience v2011 vol 2 will require .NET 3.5 or later

22 November 2011

Way back in June, we had a mini-summit with the various team leads discussing the just-released DXperience v2011 vol 1 and whether we wanted to change anything for v2011 vol 2. One of the resounding requests was to move our WinForms and ASP.NET webforms controls to require .NET 3.5 or later. I wrote a blog post immediately afterwards with this news, and the vast proportion of comments on that post supported the move.

Modifying old typewriter for 21st century(Aside: our WPF and Silverlight products already require Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 so that we can provide the best design-time and run-time functionality. Of course ASP.NET MVC requires Visual Studio 2008 or later and .NET 3.5 or later anyway.)

Now that we’re close to releasing v2011 vol 2, I thought it would be a good idea to remind our WinForms and WebForms customers that this release will only support Visual Studio 2008 or 2010 and only target .NET 3.5 or above. If you are still using Visual Studio 2005 or .NET 2 for those kinds of apps, you should start to make plans to migrate to a later IDE and run-time.

Note that we will continue to publish minor bug-fix releases to the v2011 vol 1 line, just as we did when v2006.3 became the final version to support the original Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio 2003 (and .NET 1.x). The new features and enhancements for 2011.2 have been written using .NET 3.5 and so they can’t be back-ported to 2011.1.

And no, before you ask, I can’t tell you when we’ll be releasing 2011.2, just that it’s “close”. Everybody here is working extra hard to give you the best release of DXperience we’ve ever provided. Stay tuned!

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