Microsoft Blitz: A Website Roundup

I have noticed that over the last several weeks (or months -- not sure of the launch date of these sites, just when I have noticed them), Microsoft has been launching community based sites around the different technologies that they are gearing up for release with the long anticipated Microsoft Vista, .NET 3.0 (formerly WinFX), IIS 7.0, and more.

The sites:

In addition, quite some time ago (in preparation for the release of .NET 2.0) the following mainstay community sites were remade:

It seems to me that the release cycle between .NET 2.0 and 3.0 are so short that for any development shop bigger than a handful of developers will likely just find themselves waiting for the 3.0 release. Furthermore, there are some really great features in 2.0 that have been overshadowed by the greater paradigm shifting features coming in 3.0 like Windows Workflow Foundation, CardSpace, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of other releases out of Redmond, like all the great backend features on the database that can be found in SQL 2005 and the tools platform of Team Foundation Server.

A lot of really interesting things to start sinking my teeth into…