Different Versions Of Microsoft .NET Framework
There are so many versions of Microsoft .NET Framework. This article presents an overview of the various different versions of Microsoft .NET Framework.
The development work on the Microsoft .Net Framework began in the late 1990s. Initially, the development work was initiated with the name of Next Generation Windows Services, NGWS. The first version of Microsoft .NET Framework came into market in the later half of 2000 with the release of first beta versions of .NET 1.0 were released.
This is the first release of the .NET Framework, released on 13 February 2002 and available for Windows 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP. Mainstream support by Microsoft for this version ended 10 July 2007, and extended support ended 14 July 2009.
New and upgraded versions of Microsoft .NET Framework keep pn coming in the market. The newer Microsoft .NET Framework versions consist of various new and modified features with each newer version being better than its earlier counterpart. As with the release of first ever Microsoft .NET Framework versions i.e. NET Framework 1.was made available for Windows 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP. The Mainstream being supported by Microsoft for this version got over 10 July 2007 and also the extended support ended 14 July 2009.
The names of different Microsoft .NET Framework versions being released in the market o far are as:
.NET Framework 1.0
.NET Framework 1.1
.NET Framework 2.0
.NET Framework 3.0
.NET Framework 3.5
.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 client Profile
.NET Framework 4
A second release of Microsoft .NET Framework version 4 beta was done on 28 July 2009 and it was released with experimental software transactional memory support. However, it has not been confirmed that this particular feature would be made available in the final version of the framework.
The next version of Microsoft .NET Framework came into the market a few months back on 10th February 2010 with the publishing of a release candidate. The final version of Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 was released on 12th April 2010 along with the release of Visual Studio 2010.
In combination with Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Microsoft is going to present a set of up gradation, codenamed Dublin, for Windows Server 2008 application server capabilities. Dublin will extend IIS to be a standard host for applications in which either WCF or WF will be used.