Which Selector will ship with Windows 7?

WindowsSomehow, I was thinking of Windows 7 as being far far away, but apparently it could be here in as little as six months.  Now that details of what will ship under which SKU are starting to come out, I am dying to try and get the skinny from the Federated Identity team on whether Windows 7 users will get the old CardSpace bundled with .NET 3.5 sp1, or whether they will in fact get a bright shiny new CardSpace Geneva Selector!

Kim? Mike? Don? Can you give us the scoop?

As an aside, I hear that both fax services and full-image backup will be included in Windows 7 home edition — thank HEAVENS.   Whatever dim bulb removed those features from most/all of the the many and oh-so-confusing array of home versions in Vista caused me a WORLD of grief, in my capacity as reluctant amateur PC support for my family & friends.

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New version of CardSpace is officially out

.NET Framework version 3.5 is now out of beta and in production – this means that the new version of Windows CardSpace is available too.

Based on the v3.5 download page, it looks like .NET v3.5 will co-exist with, not replace .NET v3.0 — so I’m not currently expecting any Windows Update surprises to be coming down the pipe, although I am guessing that .NET 3.5 would be part of Vista SP1 whenever that comes out. If I get more details, I will let you know. My big question is — if the .NET 3.0 version was v1.0 of CardSpace, what do we call this next version? v2.0? v1.1? v3.5? CardSpace TnG? I need something short so I can be simultaneously precise and lazy.

If you hadn’t heard about the new version and wanted to hear about some of the changes that have been made to CardSpace, you should check out the official CardSpace blog.