[From ADO.NET team blog
As a part of formulating our long term strategy for ADO.NET, we have had several discussions with number of our customers, internal and external partners, and MVPs to better align our development efforts to ensure we are delivering the right technologies according to our customers highest priority needs. One of the key intent of these discussions and the associated research was to understand the needs and requirements of customers who develop applications with Oracle using System.Data.OracleClient (OracleClient). OracleClient is the ADO.NET provider for Oracle developed by Microsoft and ships as a part of the .NET Framework.
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