In April of 2019, Microsoft released its final version of .NET Framework. A month later, Microsoft announced that after its next release of .NET Core 3.0, the .NET platform will soon find a new name in a giant release scheduled for November 2020. This announcement outlined that .NET Framework and .NET Core will come together under the name of .NET. The November 2020 release, titled .NET 5, will be the first release of this new platform that has a schedule for 4 years of updates. One issue with .NET Framework is that it is heavily weighed down by legacy code and doesn’t support Microsoft’s new focus of cross-platform development.
So, what does this mean for current .NET Framework and .NET Core applications? For starters, Microsoft is recommending developers to use .NET Core 3 for any new applications as it will make the transition from Core to .NET 5 easier. Microsoft also says that changing from .NET Framework 4.8 to .NET 5 will be possible but will probably need to find newer technologies to support things like Web Forms and WCF. While implementing these huge changes to a project is daunting and could take a lot of effort, the work will be well worth it, largely seen with performance upgrades from newer technologies.
Cross Platform Compatibility
What do you get when you bundle .NET Core, .NET Framework, and Xamarin into one powerhouse platform? You get incredible cross-platform capabilities across Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android! These are things that will need to be enabled and tweaked to fit different UI cases across devices, but it’s a huge improvement to have this cross-platform runtime capabilities. And yes, this means that even Apple’s Swift will be compatible.
Latest Preview Improvements
There are only 2 more previews left before .NET 5 is labeled as feature complete for its release this November. However, there is speculation that this date could be pushed back due to the ongoing global health crisis. One thing is certain though, Microsoft’s .NET team has been working tirelessly, amid drastic changes to the work environment from sudden work from home demands, to deliver the future of the .NET Platform.