ASP.NET Membership & Personalization and removal of Access Data Providers

For those of you who attended the MSDN Event yesterday in Burlington, VT, I just wanted to make sure you are aware of this change from the CURRENT beta of ASP.NET 2.0 to Beta 2:

(this comes from the weblog of the Group Program Manager of ASP.NET)

Access Data Providers


In Beta 1, ASP.NET application services such as membership and roles include Access data providers, and use them by default. In Beta 2, however, we will replace this functionality with support for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, the new version of SQL Server which combines the file-based simplicity of Access databases with seamless deployment to full editions of SQL Server.  The developer model of using the application services stays 100% the same, but the backend implementation will now be much more robust and performant.

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