The .NET framework helps you create mobile, desktop, and web applications that run on Windows PCs, devices and servers.
The .NET Framework is a technology that supports building and running the next generation of applications and XML Web services.
C# and Visual Basic are programming languages designed for creating a variety of applications that run on the .NET Framework. These languages are powerful, type-safe, and object-oriented. They are built on the .NET Compiler Platform “Roslyn” which provides rich code analysis APIs and it’s all open source on GitHub.
F# is an open source, cross-platform, functional-first programming language that enables developers to tackle computing problems with simple, maintainable and robust code. F# is on GitHub, and many tools and libraries are available from the F# community.
Run ASP.NET web apps and .NET programs in the cloud by using Azure Websites, WebJobs, Cloud Services, and VMs. Use .NET and Visual Studio to deploy a new or existing application in seconds.
Leverage your skills in C# and Visual Basic to take advantage of the power of Windows 10 to build the next generation of apps. Windows 10 runs on a single, unified core across devices—mobile, desktop, Xbox, or elsewhere. Windows 10 apps you build with C# and Visual Basic run as fast as C++ with the .NET Native runtime.
The .NET framework and Visual Studio enable you to develop data-centric, modern line of business applications (LoB) for Windows. Create visually stunning user experiences with WPF or use WinForms productive WYSIWYG designers to incorporate UI, media, and complex business models. Rapidly develop enterprise-class line of business applications with a comprehensive set of features like controls, data binding, animation, styles, templates, and more.
Create rich native apps using C# across iOS, Android and Windows, while maximizing code reuse. Share code across device platforms with shared projects or portable class libraries.
With 100% of the native APIs exposed, you have full access to device capabilities. Create apps with native user experiences and native performance with drag-and-drop simplicity.
.NET Core is a set of runtime, library and compiler components optimized for modern workloads that run on Windows, macOS and Linux. It can be installed locally with your app with only the packages you need. .NET Core runtime, libraries and compiler are all open source on GitHub and are taking contributions.
Console applications. See Building Console Applications.
Windows GUI applications (Windows Forms). See Windows Forms.
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications. See Windows Presentation Foundation.
ASP.NET applications. See Web Applications with ASP.NET.
Windows services. See Introduction to Windows Service Applications.
Service-oriented applications using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). See Service-Oriented Applications with WCF.
Workflow-enabled applications using Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). See Building Workflows in the .NET Framework.
|.NET Version||Introduced IDE||Features Detail|
|4.6||Visual Studio 2015||
|4.5.1||Visual Studio 2013||
|4.5||Visual Studio 2012||
|4.0||Visual Studio 2010||
|3.5||Visual Studio 2008||
|3.0||Visual Studio 2005||
|2.0||Visual Studio 2005||
|1.1||Visual Studio .NET 2003||
|1.0||Visual Studio .NET||