I'm simply speechless . Today I read Sam Gentile's remark that Vista itself is its own killer app. Reading the article linked above I can't believe Vista can even be considered a forward, as it's definitely a BIG step back for software engineering.
Dennis van der Stelt posted some fine articles about Microsoft's new way of doing communication between applications and services: WCF, how to get started and some background info behind the various elements of WCF. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know more about WCF, which is now part of .NET 3.0 which has been released last week.
After nagging about it for a long time, it seems Microsoft finally understood that getting a hotfix for VS.NET 2005 was too cumbersome for a lot of people (outside the US, calling PSS isn't a picknick). So they decided to start a pilot program to see if downloadable hotfixes will make a difference!