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.Net Framework Team Pulls Support For Older .Net Versions

The ASP.Net web application development Fundamentals team recently announced that they re-pulling the plug for older .Net frameworks, including the 4.5.1 version. With regards to the decision, Microsoft made an announcement in terms of the lifecycle support for their products that run the 4 and 4.5 versions.

Microsoft Platforms

The last update for the version 4.5.2 came last May and includes additional features for the ASP.Net; it also works on the Windows Forms and improved shared hosting and Async for clients. The 4.5.2 version was a new and upgraded version for the 4.5.1 which was released last October 2013. According to the .Net team, support for the 4.x – 4.5.1 version will end in the first quarter of 2016 (January 12, 2016).

According to the team, upgrades and additional features are made much quicker in the latest versions of the network, making it easier for clients to stay current with the Framework. The older Frameworks usually have the same extended support lifecycles as the other Frameworks; however, by the end of support from the team, the company will have to impose an earlier end of support for the legacy versions. The .Net Framework 4.5.2 is considered as an in-place update to the 4.x family and provides customers with greater stability, security and customers no longer have to download the older versions.

Micro Services

The new version might cause some problems and incompatibility, especially for customers that are running the legacy or older versions. The team acknowledges that the incompatibility or changes made in the new version are essential and necessary. With that said, the team provides a list of links on the company’s blog to help clients using various versions of the .Net Framework.

An exception is made in the case of the version 3.5 SP1 which was released alongside the 4.x Framework, which will still receives support until 2020 as Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 still run using the 3.5 version.

The team stresses that the ending of the support will help developers to focus on working on the new .NetvNext version which is expected to be released sometime in 2015. The new framework will focus on mobile and cloud development technology for the .Net Framework.

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