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.NET Framework Documentation Improvements

The CLR documentation team has been busy responding to feedback and making updates and changes to the .NET Framework documentation in the MSDN Library. We would like to tell you about the most recent set of document updates, which were published earlier in February. Performance content We have received extensive customer feedback regarding ...
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C# is the “Language of the Year”

It’s a great way to start a new year: the PYPL index has named C# the language of the year. This index focuses on the leading indicator of learning a language. It’s nice to see that there’s been increased interest in C# over the past year. In the spirit of learning something new, here’s what we suggest you check out if ...
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Downloading the .NET Framework and Visual Studio Express Editions and SDKs

Update: An updated version of this content is available: Get the latest .NET Bits. We see a lot of daily traffic through the .NET blog and the .NET dev center on MSDN. It is clear from the web traffic data that a key task for many of you is downloading more .NET software, to expand your options and experience developing .NET apps. The number...
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Talking about .NET in the Community Press

We follow a lot of blogs and digital papers relating to both .NET and also technology in general. There is a lot of great content that gets published every day about .NET. We’re starting a new series to publish these great links, doing our part to help give that content a larger audience. For this post, I wanted to call out some of the ...

Asynchronous Programming for Windows Store Apps: .NET is up to the Task

Programming with async and await is the driving force behind delivering “fast and fluid” user experiences. Compiler diagnostics for async APIs guide developers towards best practices – it’s a wonderful example of platform and tooling working together. Since the Windows Runtime uses a slightly different implementation for async ...
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Building Windows Store Apps with .NET

For .NET developers, this is the best time to build client apps. Never before have the Windows APIs been so easy to use from C# or Visual Basic without wrapping them with custom libraries. So far, we’ve seen some amazing apps in the Windows Store built using C#. Richard Lander, program manager for the CLR and frequent contributor to this ...
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Introducing NETCF 3.9 in Windows Embedded Compact 2013 – a faster, leaner and multi-core runtime!

Ever since .NET Compact Framework was introduced at the PDC conference in 2001, programming with .NET has scaled from some of the smallest devices to the largest servers. With C# and Visual Basic, developers can apply the same skills to program both devices and servers to form a complete end-to-end solution. As the devices become more ...
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Scaling cloud apps with the .NET Framework 4.5

The .NET Framework 4.5 is now available on Windows Azure. Thank you to everyone cheering for this moment. We’re just starting to see the possibilities that a rich developer framework like the .NET Framework and the cloud can have together. Richard Lander, a program manager for the Common Language Runtime, explains a few best practices ...
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The Microsoft Build 2012 Event — .NET Framework Highlights

It was at the first BUILD conference last year that we announced the .NET Framework 4.5. BUILD last week was a big opportunity for us to reflect on the incredible things you can do with .NET 4.5 and Windows 8. It was also a place where we could launch the great new things now available in Windows Phone 8. Christine Ruana is the project ...
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Announcing the release of the .NET Framework for Windows Phone 8

Bringing the full power of the Windows based CLR and .NET Framework to the Windows Phone has been several years in the making. The .NET capabilities introduced with Windows Phone 8 builds upon many of the investments we’ve made across all platforms and years of incubation. This release truly highlights some of the enduring themes behind ....
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