.NET is an integral part of many applications running on Windows and provides common functionality for those applications to run. This download is for people who need .NET to run an application on their computer. For developers, the .NET Framework provides a comprehensive and consistent programming model for building applications that have visually stunning user experiences and seamless and secure communication.
With Visual Studio, Microsoft’s .NET platform has matured into a robust and versatile development environment for both Windows-based and Web-based application development. With its emphasis on XML technology and Web services, .NET allows businesses of all sizes to take advantage of the Internet for distributed computational power.