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|Software Version||Release Date||Size|
|.Net Framework 1.0||Feb 13, 2002||19.70 MB|
|.Net Framework 1.1||Apr 24, 2003||23.14 MB|
|.Net Framework 2.0||Nov 7, 2005||22.42 MB|
|.Net Framework 3.0||Nov 6, 2006||50.33 MB|
|.Net Framework 3.0 SP1||Nov 19, 2007||2.40 MB|
|.Net Framework 3.5||Nov 19, 2007||2.74 MB|
|.Net Framework 3.5 SP1||Nov 18, 2008||2.74 MB|
|.Net Framework 4.0||Apr 13, 2010||48.11 MB|
|.Net Framework 4.5||Aug 17, 2012||48.02 MB|
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.Net Framework Description
The Microsoft .NET Framework is a software component that can be added to or is included with the Microsoft Windows operating system. It provides a large body of pre-coded solutions to common program requirements, and manages the execution of programs written specifically for the framework. The .NET Framework is a key Microsoft offering, and is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform.
The pre-coded solutions that form the framework's class library cover a large range of programming needs in areas including: user interface, data access, database connectivity, cryptography, web application development, numeric algorithms, and network communications. The functions of the class library are used by programmers who combine them with their own code to produce applications.
Programs written for the .NET Framework execute in a software environment that manages the program's runtime requirements. This runtime environment, which is also a part of the .NET Framework, is known as the Common Language Runtime (CLR). The CLR provides the appearance of an application virtual machine, so that programmers need not consider the capabilities of the specific CPU that will execute the program. The CLR also provides other important services such as security mechanisms, memory management, and exception handling. The class library and the CLR together compose the .NET Framework. The framework is intended to make it easier to develop computer applications and to reduce the vulnerability of applications and computers to security threats.
First released in 2002, it is included with Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista, and can be installed on most older versions of Windows.