.NET Framework Overview

.NET Framework Overview

Microsoft .NET is a wide collection of products and technologies with a dependence on the Microsoft .NET Framework.

The .NET Framework allows you to:

  • Apply common Platform across a variety of devices, application types, and programming tasks
  • Integrate with other tools and technologies to build the right solution with less work
  • Build compelling applications faster

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:

  • Common Language Runtime – provides an abstraction layer over the operating system
  • Base Class Libraries – pre-built code for common low-level programming tasks
  • Development frameworks and technologies – reusable, customizable solutions for larger programming tasks

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.

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  • Good overview, anything on upcoming .NET Framework (4,5).

  • Fantastic article!

  • Steef-Jan, I don't have anything to add for a new version, but feel free to add something if/when you see any official announcements come out. Thanks!

  • I have .NET framework 4.0 on Windows server 2008 Enterprise edition.

  • So what's difference between Core and Enterprise?