WCF Feature Details


Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) allows extensive control over the messaging functions of an application. The topics in this section go into detail about the available features. For more information about basic programming, see Basic WCF Programming.

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Workflow Services

Describes how to create and configure workflow services.

Endpoints: Addresses, Bindings, and Contracts

Describes how to control multiple aspects of your service.

Data Transfer and Serialization

Describes how serialization of data can be tailored for interoperation or future compatibility.

Sessions, Instancing, and Concurrency

Describes the instancing and session modes of WCF and how to select the right mode for your application.

Transports in Windows Communication Foundation

Describes how to configure the transport layer, the lowest level of the channel stack.

Queues and Reliable Sessions

Describes queues, which store messages from a sending application on behalf of a receiving application and later forward these messages to the receiving application.

Transactions in WCF

Explains how to create transacted operations that can be rolled back if needed.

Windows Communication Foundation Security

Describes how WCF security helps you to create applications that have confidentiality and integrity. Authentication and authorization are also available, as are auditing features.

Peer-to-Peer Networking

Details how to create peer services and clients.


Describes metadata architecture and formats.


Describes how to create a variety of clients that access services.


Describes hosting. A service can be hosted by another application, or it can be self-hosted.

Interoperability and Integration

Describes how to use WCF to extend your existing logic rather than having to rewrite it if you have a substantial investment in component-based application logic hosted in COM+.

WCF Web HTTP Programming Model

Describes the WCF Web Programming Model that allows developers to expose WCF service operations to non-SOAP endpoints.

WCF Syndication

Describes support to easily expose syndication feeds from a WCF service.

AJAX Integration and JSON Support

Describes support for ASP.NET Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) and the JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data format to allow WCF services to expose operations to AJAX clients.

WCF Discovery

Describes support to enable services to be discoverable at runtime in an interoperable way using the WS-Discovery protocol.


Describes the routing service.

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