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The .NET Framework is a development platform for Windows, created by Microsoft to provide developers with great environment for app development that will come preloaded with libraries (data access, cryptography, database connectivity, user interface, network communications and many others), langue interoperability across several programing languages that can run aps that will be executed inside common application virtual machine (Common Language Runtime) that will take care about common features such as security, memory management, exception handling and more. This mix between class libraries and Common Language Runtime is what we call NET Framework.
First version of .NET Framework was released to the public in February of 2002 for Windows 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000 and Windows XP, but its first and most important update 1.1 arrived little more than 1 year later on April of 2003. This update packaged the entire framework into a Software Developer Kit package that could not only be downloaded individually from the internet to be used in cooperation with the Visual Studio .NET 2003 but also came as an integral part of the Windows Server 2003.
Version 1.1 enabled developers from all around the world to have great environment for creation, management, optimizing and deployment of Windows applications, and the new additions such as IPv6 support, security changes, built-in support for mobile ASP.NET controls and .NET Compact Framework all provided much more streamlined environment for managing projects of all sizes from simple mobile apps to large business projects.
Some of its key features are:
- ASP.NET Mobile Controls
- Side-by-side execution – multiple versions of the same component can be executed on a single computer
- Enhanced security
- IP version 6 (IPv6) support