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The information in this post is out of date.
EF6 RTM is now available.
Visit msdn.com/data/ef for the latest information on current and past releases of EF.
A couple of months ago we released the RTM of EF5. Today we are pleased to announce the first alpha of EF6. EF6 is being developed in an open source code base on CodePlex, see our open source announcement for more details.
You can help us make EF6 a great release by providing feedback and suggestions. You can provide feedback by commenting on the feature specifications or starting a discussion on our CodePlex site.
This is a preview of features that will be available in future releases and is designed to allow you to provide feedback on the design of these features. It is not intended or licensed for use in production.
If you need assistance using the new features, please post questions on Stack Overflow using the entity-framework tag.
The Get It page provides instructions for installing the latest pre-release version of Entity Framework.
Note: In some cases you may need to update your EF5 code to work with EF6. See Updating Applications to use EF6 for more details.
Note: Alpha 1 is a very early preview of EF6. The APIs and functionality included in Alpha 1 are likely to change significantly prior to the final release of EF6.
EF6 Alpha includes the following new features and changes.
If you want to try out the changes we've made since the last official pre-release, you can use the latest signed nightly build. You can also check out the Feature Specifications page on CodePlex for more information about new features that we are working on. You can also read our Design Meeting Notes to keep track of the evolving design of new features.