@SteveRichter: .NET isn't suitable for OS development (kernel mode, etc)... What you're referring to is the interview from a long time ago where we dug into ServerCore. The issue was shipping .NET as a part of the ServerCore image. In fact, that is the case today given that PowerShell relies on .NET to work.....

Further, .NET is a significant piece in Windows. Think of Media Center UI, PowerShell admin scripts (and, like Windows 7, the way wizards do their thing....).

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