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.Net as Will and Representation

It's been a long run for .Net in the wild... The experiment with letting go is about to end, and .Net is to become yet another Windows "component".

The update to .NET Framework policy states that beginning with .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) the .NET Framework will be defined as a “Component”. As a Component, .NET version 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will assume the same Support Lifecycle policy as its parent product or platform.

As Yogi Berra might have remarked: "It's déjà vu all over again!"  Yes, I am referring to Internet Explorer 4.0 being "integral part of Microsoft Windows".
I think this is a major blunder on Microsoft's part, and an opening for Java to regain some of the lost ground (the last time I've checked JVM was still a separate product...)

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