Microsoft softly announces:
We have decided to ship the ADO.NET Entity Framework and Tools during the first half of 2008 as an update to the Orcas release of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio.
Mike Pizzo [MS] in the ADO.NET Team Blog, tells us that the Entity Framework will not be part of the initial release of Orcas. (Note that the EF link is from June '06 when things were a looking a little more rosy.
Sounds to me like WinFS all over again. And I'm not the only one. Mike Pizzo gets the message and explains (or apologizes) depending on your point of view. And swears that this is not WinFS all over again.
There's plenty of comment on the web about this issue. Oakleaf says: "Déjà Vu All Over Again: Entity Framework Cut from Orcas". Julia comments on a related post from Mike Pizzo doing a good job explaining the differences between LINQ to SQL and LINQ to Entities in "Does Microsoft have a Data Access Strategy? ".
I'm optimistic that they will pull it off. I'd rather wait a little more for a better, more tested implementation rather than rushing a product to market, but would like to have the market drones tone down their promises years in advance, later to be hit with the reality of overpromising.