Sync Services for ADO.NET RTM

I am sure you know that Visual Studio 2008 is released. That was last week, I know, old news! Well, I am sure that you also know that VS 2008 contains the new sync designer along with SQL Compact 3.5 RTM. I am sure you got board by now, but hold on, let me tell something new, the SQL Compact 3.5 along with Sync Services for ADO.NET v1 are available for download as a standalone package. That is very convenient for those who are looking to install it without the full blown VS 2008. As much as I love for you to experience sync designer as well as the amazing lineup of features in VS 2008, I recognize your needs for quick install of a small package. So no need to wait any longer, here are the links to the download pages:

Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 RTM for Windows Desktop
Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Books Online and Samples
Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET Books Online

What's more? There are no major changes between Beta 2 and RTM thus your application should compile without any issues. I am updating the samples on syncguru web site along with the codeproject article.


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I am not actively blogging about Sync Technologies. Please see Sync Team Blog for more updated content.


Comments (5)

  1. DanielMoth says:

    Your post implies to me that this download will work with VS2005. Can you clarify if that is true please?

  2. MSDN Archive says:


    It should work fine with any IDE you chose. I used VS 2005 to build the component so it should work fine. What you won’t getin this package is the sync designer which is part of VS2008.



  3. Louis315 says:

    We have an occasionally connected XpTablet app that uses SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition for local storage, and Merge Replication to sync with SQL Server 2005.  

    What advantages does Sync Services for ADO.NET offer for this existing application?


  4. MSDN Archive says:

    Hi Louis,

    It depends on what you are planning for you application going forward. Sync Services gives you more programmatic control with less features; Merge gives you high end features but limits your ability to add custom logic.

    I’ve a older post on this topic, check it out at:



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