Today we released the Community Technology Preview of the first three .NET Services: Access Control, Service Bus and Workflow Service.

Over the last few months we have worked hard to bring you these three services: we looked at some of the hard problems people face when building connected applications, and we picked the most challenging of these problems: Security, Connectivity and long running, distributed operations. We then picked Microsoft’s state of the art frameworks in this space and built multi-tenant, highly scalable services on top of those solutions, that we host in our datacenters. As of today we offer these services to developers to use in your applications.

If you want to try out or read more about our services, you can go to our Developer Center.

We are looking forward to hearing from you at our discussion forum and hope you will share our excitement about this new approach to building applications!

Our release coincides with the first day of PDC 2008, and we hope to see many of you at one of our sessions, specifically John Shewchuk’s Lap around Cloud Services, Justin Smith’s Access Control Service Drilldown, Clemens Vaster’s Service Bus: Connectivity, Messaging, Events, and Discovery and Moustafa Ahmed’s Workflow Service: Orchestrating Services and Business Processes Using Cloud-Based Workflow.