oundation) The messaging subsystem in Windows, starting with Vista. Introduced in the .NET Framework 3.0 programming interface (API), WCF provides a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for passing messages between applications locally, across a local network and over the Internet.
A Unified Interface
Using the SOAP protocol, WCF attempts to consolidate all functions that pass messages between applications, including .NET Remoting interprocess communication (IPC), COM and Web services. See .NET Framework