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.NET Framework and .NET SDKs

The .NET Framework is the easiest way to build apps on the Microsoft platform. You can download Visual Studio Express for free, and be coding in just a few minutes. You can also use the .NET SDKs and targeting packs to build apps for a given Microsoft platform, such as Microsoft Azure.

What's New with .NET Framework

.NET Framework and .NET SDK Downloads

Visual Studio “14” CTP 2 and Entity Framework
Today we’re providing a second CTP of the next version of Visual Studio, to gather your early feedback. For more information on this release, see Visu... more
dotnetConf 2014 Wrapup
We just wanted to say thank you for your time attending the dotnetConf in June 2014 where we shared innovation and news about the present and future o... more
dotnetConf is on! Free virtual conference.
The free, virtual and community-driven dotnetConf is on. Point your web-browser to dotnetConf. No registration, manager approval or anything required!... more
.NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") for the Rest of Us
This post is brought to you by Beth Massi, a Program Manager on the Visual Studio team. If you’ve been reading this blog I’m sure you know by now th... more

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.NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn")

The .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn") provides open-source C# and Visual Basic compilers with rich code analysis APIs. You can build code analysis tools with the same APIs that Microsoft is using to implement Visual Studio!

Microsoft .NET Native

.NET Native compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. You will continue to benefit from the productivity and familiarity of the .NET Framework with the great performance of native code. Popular Windows Store apps start up to 60% faster and use 15-20% less memory when compiled with .NET Native.

.NET Framework Development Guide

Learn how to create, configure, debug, secure, and deploy your .NET Framework apps with our roadmap. Check out the how-to and walkthrough directory to find the code examples that you need. Also learn how to write cross-platform libraries with Portable Class Libraries.

What’s New in the .NET Framework 4.5

Read about the many new features and enhancements, including the new asynchronous programming model, the new HTTP API, Workflow authoring and versioning enhancements, and support for creating Windows Store apps.

Developing Apps for Microsoft Platforms

Visit MSDN to learn about creating apps that build your business, for Windows Store, Windows Phone, and Microsoft Azure.

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