Elizabeth Montalbano at InfoWorld:
Microsoft has shuffled members of the team responsible for its Microsoft Business Framework (MBF) because the technology itself has been parsed out to several different products, a Microsoft executive said Thursday.
Satya Nadella, corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, said about 200 people who were developing the framework, which was initially intended to bring model-driven development to Microsoft’s business applications, were affected by the change. Model-driven development is a way of designing software that aims to boost developer productivity by emphasizing thorough application modeling before any actual coding begins.
While some of that was intended with MBF, I believe the basic idea was to provide a framework of basic business functionality that application developers could use to avoid serial reinvention.
About half of the MBF group remained where they were in Microsoft’s Platform Products & Services Division, while the others were transferred to Microsoft’s Business Solutions group within the larger Microsoft Business Division, he said.
In their new roles, the former MBF team members will continue developing their framework technology for different product teams, Nadella said. Though Microsoft originally conceived MBF as its own entity, several products, including Microsoft’s Visual Studio toolset and Microsoft Office, will now include components of the framework.
The next generation of Microsoft’s ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) applications, the Dynamics family of products, also will include technology originally intended for MBF.
MBF has had a checkered history because of its tight dependency on Vista, WinFX, and WinFS with the concomitant delay. Some background is in an older report from Joris Evers at Techworld and a blog post by Tim Brookins.
Update: Mary Jo Foley has more.
Mary Jo Foley follows up on today’s WinFS Beta 1 story with an interview with Quentin Clark, director of program management for WinFS:
Clark said Microsoft still is not committing to a final ship date or delivery mechanism for WinFS. But it will not be part of Vista when it ships next year.
There is no technology dependency between WinFS and other Vista or Longhorn Server subsystems, Clark said.
There is also a strategy connection between WinFS and Windows Workflow Foundation, the workflow-automation subsystem that Microsoft is planning to build into future iterations of Windows, starting with Longhorn Server. Windows Workflow Foundation is the technology formerly known as WinOE (and later, Windows Workflow Services).
Clark also characterized as a “strategy conection” the link between Microsoft Business Framework (MBF) and WinFS.
More by following the link.
Elizabeth Montalbano of IDG got a slightly different story for PC World:
WinFS will not be a part of the next version of Windows, Windows Vista, when it ships at the end of next year, but will be available to the operating system as an add-on release sometime in 2007, says Quentin Clark, director of program management for WinFS at Microsoft.
Barbara Darrow at CRN also interviewed Clark:
Clark said not to expect any more Community Technical Previews (CTPs) or beta releases of WinFS between PDC 2005 and next year.