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The information in this post is out of date.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 back we released EF6 Alpha 2, since then we've been adding new features, polishing existing features and fixing bugs. Today we are pleased to announce the availability of Alpha 3. 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 this post, commenting on the feature specifications linked below 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. The APIs and functionality included in Alpha 3 are likely to change prior to the final release of EF6.
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.
The following features and changes have been implemented since Alpha 2:
The following features and changes are included in Alpha 3 but have not changed significantly since Alpha 2:
Alpha 3 contains all the major features we are planning to implement for the runtime in the EF6 release. We'll now turn our attention to polishing and completing these new features, implementing small improvements, fixing bugs and everything else to make EF6 a great release. We're still accepting pull requests too.
We've also been getting the EF Designer code base updated for the EF6 release and we hope to have a preview of the EF6 designer available soon.
If you want to try out changes we've made since the last official pre-release, you can use the latest signed nightly build. You can also check out our Feature Specifications and Design Meeting Notes to stay up to date with what our team is working on.