.Net Services logo Net An updated Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the .NET Services Software Development Kit (SDK). The latest .NET Services SDK CTP delivers support for Windows 7 RC, expedites the set-up experience, improves service security and reliability, and follows-through on the planned removal of the.NET Services Workflow Service.

This CTP release continues support for Web standards and interoperability. The release makes it simpler for developers to connect cloud applications and services across platforms. It allows web developers using any programming language to use the services to connect, collaborate, and create federated applications.

You can download the .NET Services SDK from Azure Services Platform SDK.

The preview  now supports Windows 7 RC, in addition to Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Vista. The July CTP Release SDK can be installed on machines running Windows 7 RC.

.NET Services focus strongly on interoperability and support for web standards such as REST, ATOM, SOAP, and HTTP. Moreover, .NET Services can be accessed using a variety of programming environments, such as .NET, Java and Ruby. They can also be accessed through any cloud service, such as Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine, Microsoft Azure Services Platform, etc.

.NET Services provides access control and service bus functionality. The Microsoft .NET Access Control Service provides an easy way to control web applications and services while integrating with standards-based identity providers, including enterprise directories and web identity systems such as Windows Live ID. The Microsoft .NET Service Bus makes it easy to connect applications together over the Internet. Services that register on the Bus can easily be discovered and accessed, across any network topology.

To get started using .NET Services, see .NET Services Development Center on MSDN.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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