Microsoft's recent trend toward open source software has made a major advance as the company has released the core .NET software stack under the MIT License and published the code on GitHub. The company plans to fully support an "enterprise ready" version of .NET for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
The .NET Micro Framework has a new release which adds support for Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio "14". This Framework powers devices that Microsoft intends to build the "Internet of Things" and similar hardware-centric devices like the Raspberry Pi.
Microsoft has announced an end-of-life schedule for .NET 4.0 thru 4.5.1. After January 12 of 2016, all technical support, including security and non-security updates, will be discontinued. Developers and users will need to either go back to.NET 3.5 SP 1 or upgrade to 4.5.2.
Microsoft recently released .NET Framework Repair Tool with support for quiet and passive modes in addition to .NET Framework 4.5 and 4.5.1. The release also ships with command line tools, which enable developers to repair .NET installations and to retrieve logs.
Microsoft has just announced the release of .NET 4.5.2. This release includes new APIs for ASP.NET that support background threads under IIS. Also featured is higher DPI support for WinForms.
During Build 2014, Microsoft renewed its commitment to the long ignored .NET Micro Framework. This very lightweight version of .NET can be found in for very small devices such as the open source electronics platform Netduino. But the .NET Micro is rather limited, even basic functionality such as accessing REST based resources requires help from people like Daniel Stegmaier of the mfRCF project.
SharpDevelop 5 has been released with new features such as class browser, search grouping including integration support for ILSpy. It also includes features such as insert with cursor, context actions, code inspections, enhanced scrollbar, background syntax check, link mode, suppressing issues, automatic variable naming in addition to XML based tooltips for documentation.
Internet Explorer 11 will not be able to properly run .NET Framework 4.0 based web applications due to an error in the browser detection mechanism, which can be either fixed by installing .NET 4.5 or by adding a .browser file with correct definitions.
Xamarin Studio 4.2 has been released with the ability to log directly into your iOS developer account from within the IDE in addition to several improvements related to project system with support for Portable Class Library (PCL) projects in both iOS and Android as it enable C# developers to share code across devices.
Two years after its initial announcement and preview release, Lars Bak announced the first stable release of Dart at Devvox in Belgium today. Dart is Google’s new web programming language and platform for developing modern web applications.
GitHub has released Octokit.NET which enables integration of GitHub API into .NET Framework 4.5 applications. It also includes integration tests that access the API by using FullBuild MSBuild target and Octokit.Tests.Integration assembly.
Licensing restrictions on .NET Portable Class Libraries have long frustrated developers. Microsoft has now announced a removal of these restrictions for certain assemblies that should benefit cross-platform development.
Jeffrey Stedfast has released MimeKit v0.5 with support for .NET Framework 4.0 and Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS assemblies. It also provides support for rfc2047 and rfc2231 encoders in addition to sign, encrypt, decrypt and verification of S/MIME message parts.
LeanSentry, web based server and application monitoring tool for .NET has been updated with improved alerts in addition to an ability to set custom response time with an option to ignore any least important errors.