What is the Connected Services Framework? I've been spending some time recently with those in the know (MCS Reading principally), and the good news is that I'm beginning to understand it. The bad news is that I still couldn't explain it to anyone else with any great confidence. I'm going to try and get there over the next few weeks, so if you're interested keep in touch whilst I attempt to unravel the very subtle concept that is CSF.
First off, a couple of facts about what it is not:
1. It is not (entirely) salesware. It exists. There is downloadable software, an API, and deployable code. It is currently at v2.5, with v3.0 ("Washington") coming soon.
2. It is not BizTalk, or a replacement for BizTalk.
As to what it is... that's for another time.