Announcing .NET Standard 2.0

The .NET Standard 2.0 specification is now complete. It is supported in .NET Core 2.0, in the .NET Framework 4.6.1 and later versions, and in Visual Studio 15.3. You can start using .NET Standard 2.0 today. While this post demos .NET Standard in C#, it’s also supported in Visual Basic and F#. For more details, take a look at the… Read more

Introducing Support for Brotli Compression

This post was written by our software developer intern Denys Tsomenko, who worked on a Brotli compression library during his internship. Modern web-pages are getting larger and larger with huge CSS, HTML and JavaScript files. But the Internet connection isn’t always good and pages can load slowly. Web pages also often contain other materials such as… Read more

Performance Improvements in .NET Core

Update (2017/06/12): Added BenchmarkDotNet blog post link. There are many exciting aspects to .NET Core (open source, cross platform, x-copy deployable, etc.) that have been covered in posts on this blog before. To me, though, one of the most exciting aspects of .NET Core is performance. There’s been a lot of discussion about the significant advancements… Read more

Introducing .NET Standard

Questions? Check out the .NET Standard FAQ. You can find the latest version of the compatibility matrix here. In my last post, I talked about how we want to make porting to .NET Core easier. In this post, I’ll focus on how we’re making this plan a reality with .NET Standard. We’ll cover which APIs we… Read 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 version of .NET for developers writing Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. The set of networking APIs available for developers in .NET Core 5 is an evolution from the set… Read more

.NET Core is Open Source

Today is a huge day for .NET! We’re happy to announce that .NET Core will be open source, including the runtime as well as the framework libraries. This is a natural progression of our open source efforts, which already covers the managed compilers (C#, VB, and F#) as well as ASP.NET: C# & Visual Basic… Read 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 of .NET, all in a single place focusing on .NET technologies.  You may have missed sessions during the streaming delivered on June 25th and 26th, so, for your… Read more

Would you like a MultiDictionary?

We’ve recently shipped new collection types on NuGet with our Immutable Collections package. NuGet allows us to ship prerelease and experimental versions of libraries to gather feedback from the community. In this post, our software developer intern Ian Hays will talk about his intern project: an experimental NuGet package containing advanced collection types. — Immo… Read more

Update to SIMD Support

A month ago we announced support for SIMD. Today, we’re announcing an update to “RyuJIT” and our NuGet package that exposes the SIMD programming model. Updates to the Microsoft.Bcl.Simd NuGet package More types for Vector<T> We’ve expanded the support of the Vector<T> types: We now support int, long, float, double as well as byte, sbyte,… Read more

Get your libraries ready for Windows Phone 8.1

Two weeks ago, we released the Windows Phone preview for developers. In this post, I’ll cover what this means for library and app developers. What this means for library developers As a .NET developer you can target Windows Phone 8.1 via two platforms: Windows Phone 8.1. This is the new platform which is more converged… Read more