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The information in this post is out of date.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.
The availability of Visual Studio 2013 Preview was announced today. This preview contains Entity Framework 6 Beta 1.
The EF6 Beta 1 runtime and EF Tools for VS2012 were released last month, this preview of Visual Studio contains the EF6 Beta 1 Tools for VS2013. The EF6 Beta 1 runtime is also included in a number of places – new ASP.NET projects and new models created with the EF Designer will use the EF6 runtime by default.
Note: In some cases you may need to update your EF5 code to work with EF6, see Updating Applications to use EF6.
Our focus with the tooling has been on adding EF6 support and enabling us to easily ship out-of-band between releases of Visual Studio.
The tooling itself does not include any new features, but most of the new runtime features can be used with models created in the EF Designer.
The following features work for models created with Code First or the EF Designer:
The following features apply to Code First only:
Update-Database -Script -SourceMigration $InitialDatabase
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 Beta 1 are likely to change as we polish the product ready for the final release of EF6.
If you need assistance using the new features, please post questions on Stack Overflow using the entity-framework tag.