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.Net Framework Version History

The first version of the .Net framework was released in the year 2002. The version was called .Net framework 1.0. The .Net framework has come a long way since then, and the current version is 4.7.1.

Below is the table of .Net framework versions, which have been released with their release dates. Every version has relevant changes to the framework.

For example, in framework 3.5 and onwards a key framework called the Entity framework was released. This framework is used to change the approach in which the applications are developed while working with databases.

Version number CLR version Release date
1.0 1.0 2002-02-13
1.1 1.1 2003-04-24
2.0 2.0 2005-11-07
3.0 2.0 2006-11-06
3.5 2.0 2007-11-19
4.0 4 2010-04-12
4.5 4 2012-08-15
4.5.1 4 2013-10-17
4.5.2 4 2014-05-05
4.6 4 2015-07-20
4.6.1 4 2015-11-17
4.6.2 4 2016-08-02
4.7 4 2017-04-05
4.7.1 4 2017-10-17

The biggest advantage of the .Net framework is that it supports Windows platform. Almost everyone works with Windows machines.

Microsoft always ensures that .Net frameworks are in compliance with all the supported Windows operating systems.

C# Version History

Version .NET Framework Visual Studio Important Features
C# 1.0 .NET Framework 1.0/1.1 Visual Studio .NET 2002 First release of C#
C# 2.0 .NET Framework 2.0 Visual Studio 2005
  • Generics
  • Partial types
  • Anonymous methods
  • Nullable types
  • Iterators
  • Covariance and contravariance
C# 3.0 .NET Framework 3.0\3.5 Visual Studio 2008
  • Auto-implemented properties
  • Anonymous types
  • Query expressions
  • Lambda expression
  • Expression trees
  • Extension methods
C# 4.0 .NET Framework 4.0 Visual Studio 2010
  • Dynamic binding
  • Named/optional arguments
  • Generic covariant and contravariant
  • Embedded interop types
C# 5.0 .NET Framework 4.5 Visual Studio 2012/2013
  • Asynchronous members
  • Caller info attributes
C# 6.0 .NET Framework 4.6 Visual Studio 2013/2015
  • Static imports
  • Exception filters
  • Property initializers
  • Expression bodied members
  • Null propagator
  • String interpolation
  • nameof operator
  • Dictionary initializer
C# 7.0 .NET Core Visual Studio 2017
  • Static imports
  • Exception filters
  • Property initializers
  • Expression bodied members
  • Null propagator
  • String interpolation
  • nameof operator
  • Dictionary initializer

 

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