InfoWorld: Longhorn cuts delay Microsoft Business Framework: "Experts say the delay is bad news for developers waiting for MBF and gives the rival Java platform an edge.
MBF is not just key for third-party software vendors and corporate developers building on the Windows platform: a new family of Microsoft ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) applications -- known as "Project Green" -- is also supposed to rely on the framework, Microsoft has said.
Microsoft recently disclosed that it is slowing down development work on Project Green and is instead focusing on its existing offerings. The software maker even reduced the number of developers assigned to Project Green from 200 to 70 because the first products are not expected out until 2008 at the earliest, Microsoft Senior Vice President Doug Burgum said in June. Microsoft originally had planned to ship the first results of Project Green as early as the end of this year.
Microsoft plans to provide early MBF code, so-called alpha code, to its early-adopter partners for MBF later this year, the company spokesman said. "