Well, I just opened the gates for people to download Geocortex Essentials 2.0. Though it's been in beta since March, we're pretty pumped to be shipping the final. It has been a huge project that kept growing the more we delved into it.

At version 2.0, Geocortex Essentials is divided into two tracks: Web ADF Elements and REST Elements.

Web ADF Elements includes everything from Essentials 1.x, plus some new Web ADF-related stuff.

REST Elements is totally new and follows ESRI's RESTful development paradigm. Geocortex Essentials 2.0 introduces the Geocortex Essentials REST API. Using the REST API, developers can create JavaScript API, Flex API and Silverlight API applications that consume core Geocortex Essentials functions such as Data Linking, Template-based Printing and Reporting.

During the 2.0 beta period, Latitude product developers worked on documentation, defects, testing, the Geocortex Resource Center, and our associated client APIs (JavaScript, Flex and Silverlight).

Although ESRI released it not long ago, we also managed to squeak in support for Microsoft Bing Maps service types in both REST Elements and Web ADF Elements.

Yeah, we've still got lots of end-user features to port and/or create, but the final cut of Geocortex Essentials 2.0 is a major milestone for all of us on the Geocortex Essentials team and the underlying foundation is all there (along with several key initial features like data linking, reporting, and printing).