Help us plan the future of .NET!

We’re currently planning our next major .NET releases and would love to hear your feedback on how you interact with .NET Framework and .NET Core today. Please fill out the survey below and help shape our next release by telling us about your biggest challenges and needs. It should only take 5 minutes to complete!… Read more

Performance Improvements in .NET Core 2.1

Back before .NET Core 2.0 shipped, I wrote a post highlighting various performance improvements in .NET Core 2.0 when compared with .NET Core 1.1 and the .NET Framework. As .NET Core 2.1 is in its final stages of being released, I thought it would be a good time to have some fun and take a… Read more

.NET Highlights in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview 4

As you know we continue to incrementally improve Visual Studio 2017 (version 15), and our 7th significant update is currently well under way with the 4th preview shipping today. As we’re winding down the preview, we’d like to stop and take the time to tell you about all of the great updates that are coming… Read more

.NET Core April 2018 Update

Today, we are releasing the .NET Core April 2018 Update. This update includes .NET Core 1.0.11, 1.1.8 and 2.0.7. There are no new security fixes in this update. See April 2018 .NET Updates for other updates. Fixes and Commits CoreFX [522373a] : Adding support for ncurses 6.1 TERM format on System.Console. CoreCLR [45c57cc] : Fix detection… Read more

Announcing Entity Framework Core 2.1 Preview 2

Today we’re releasing the second preview of EF Core 2.1, alongside .NET Core 2.1 Preview 2 and ASP.NET Core 2.1 Preview 2. Thank you so much to everyone who has tried our early builds and has helped shape this release with their feedback and code contributions! The new preview bits are now available in NuGet as… Read more

Announcing .NET Core 2.1 Preview 2

Today, we are announcing .NET Core 2.1 Preview 2. The release is now ready for broad testing, as we get closer to a final build within the next two to three months. We’d appreciate any feedback that you have. ASP.NET Core 2.1 Preview 2 and Entity Framework 2.1 Preview 2 are also releasing today. You… Read more

Explore Azure Cosmos DB with .NET Core and MongoDB

Have you had to design general purpose “metadata” tables in your SQL database that basically store column names and values? Do you often serialize/de-serialize XML or JSON from your SQL tables to handle volatile schemas and data? .NET developers have traditionally worked with relational database management systems (RDMS) like SQL Server. RDMS systems have withstood… Read more

Calling all Desktop Developers: how should UI development be improved?

The user interface (UI) of any application is critical in making your app convenient and efficient for the folks using it. When developing applications for Enterprise use, a good UI can shave time off an entire company’s workflow. Visual Studio is investing in new tools to improve the productivity of Windows desktop developers and we’d love your… Read more

.NET Framework 4.7.2 Developer Pack Early Access build 3056 is available!

Today, we are happy to share an Early Access build with the .NET Framework 4.7.2 Developer Pack. The .NET Framework 4.7.2 Developer Pack lets developers build applications that target the .NET Framework 4.7.2 by using Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio 2015 or other IDEs. This is a single package that bundles the .NET Framework 4.7.2, the… Read more

F# language and tools update for Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6

With the release of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6, we’re excited to share updates to the F# language and core library, F# tooling in Visual Studio, and infrastructure updates that concern OSS contributors. Let’s dive in! F# language and core library updates Some foundational changes for the F# language and core library have been made,… Read more