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.NET 5.0 is now generally available

Earlier at Build 2019, Microsoft announced the next major version of their .NET Framework,  .NET 5.0. It is a cross-platform product and will be able to target Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, tvOS, watchOS and WebAssembly, and more.

For Visual Studio users, you need Visual Studio 16.8 or later to use .NET 5.0 on Windows and the latest version of Visual Studio for Mac) on macOS. The C# extension for Visual Studio Code already supports .NET 5.0 and C# 9.

Microsoft announced today that .NET 5.0 is generally available, along with C# 9 and F# 5. The platform upgrade replaces the legacy .NET Core 3 family.

The company notes:

ASP.NET Core, EF Core, C# 9, and F# 5 are also being released today. .NET Conf 2020 — our free and virtual conference — is being held today so you can learn about all of the new releases.

For Visual Studio users, you need Visual Studio 16.8 or later to use .NET 5.0 on Windows and the latest version of Visual Studio for Mac) on macOS. The C# extension for Visual Studio Code already supports .NET 5.0 and C# 9.

The following are the key features of .NET 5.0

The release is really exciting. Going further, Microsoft is about to release a major new version of .NET every year.

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