Microsoft .NET Service Packs

Yesterday, 11 August 2008, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for .NET Framework 3.5. This update includes both fixes for ASP.NET as well as new ASP.NET functionality.

I received the information through the ASP.NET News RSS Feed from ASP.NET.
At the same time, 11 August 2008, Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008 was released and available for download here.

Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio includes Service Pack 1 for .NET Framework 3.5.

Service Packs overview

Visual Studio 2008 SP1

This Service Pack includes a number of fixes and functionality:

  • Improved Javascript support
  • Support for SQL Server 2008
  • MFC-based Office 2007 ribbon style
  • etc…

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 includes:

  • 20-45 % improved performance for WPF-based applications (no changes of code needed)
  • WCF improvements
  • Improvements in the data access area such as ADO.NET Entity Framework etc.
  • Support for SQL Server 2008
  • etc…


The service packs can be downloaded here: .NET 3.5 SP1, Combined VS2008 and .NET 3.5 SP1.

Read more

More information can be found on:

A nice blog about the hidden gems in the Service Packs can be found on Scott Hanselman: Hidden Gems of .NET 3.5 SP1.

As always Scott Guthrie has some interesting stuff. Read Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 Beta. Even thoug the article is about the beta, it really is some nice reading.

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