Looks like the latest version of the Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework has been released out on the ADO.NET web site.
One interesting item of note in the press release is that a number of companies have announced support for the framework within 3 months of RTM. These companies include:
There are 2 other companies pledging support within the 2008 timeframe:
Having Entity Framework support from so many companies so soon after RTM will really help make it easier for companies and individuals that are wanting to move to EF to make that transition. Today, LINQ is supported through LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Objects, and LINQ to XML. EF extends the power of LINQ to multiple databases through ADO.NET, making it easier for developers to work with data in databases other that SQL Server. This announcement, coming on the heels of the Microsoft Sync Framework announcements, makes for a lot of reading I need to do this weekend...
There has been a lot of debate about the value of EF as compared to encumbent technologies such as NHibernate, and I'd be curious to hear your views on whether EF is something you think developers should embrace or ignore.