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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

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Universal Windows apps in .NET
This post was written by Lucian Wischik, a Program Manager on the Managed Languages team. We just released the Universal Windows app development tool... more
RyuJIT Bug Advisory in the .NET Framework 4.6
A code generation (AKA "codegen") issue in RyuJIT in the .NET Framework 4.6 has been discovered that affects a calling pattern called Tail Call Optimi... more
.NET Networking APIs for UWP Apps
This post was written by Sidharth Nabar, Program Manager on the Windows networking team. At Build 2015, we announced that .NET Core 5 is the new versi... more
EF7 Beta 6 Available
Today we are making Entity Framework 7 Beta 6 available. EF7 will be the next major release of Entity Framework and it is currently in pre-release. ... 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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