The .NET Framework allows you to:
The Microsoft .NET Framework is a software framework that includes a large library of coded solutions to common programming problems, managing the execution of programs.
The .NET Framework is:
The framework's Base Class Library provides a large range of features including user interface, data access, database connectivity, cryptography, web application development, numeric algorithms, and network communications. The class library is used by programmers,
who combine it with their own code to produce applications.
Version 3.0 of the .NET Framework is included with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. Version 3.5 is included with Windows 7, and it can also be installed on Windows XP and the Windows Server 2003 family of operating systems.
Version 3.5 was released in November 2007.
Version 4.0 was released in April 2010, along with the launch of Visual Studio 2010. Version 4.0 of the .NET Framework can be installed on Windows XP up to Windows 7 with the exception of Windows Server 2008 Core editions.
Version 4.5 was released in August 2012.
Version 4.5.1 was released in October 2013.
Version 4.5.2 was released in May 2014.
Click here for more information about the .NET Framework on the official Microsoft Web site.