Microsoft announces general availability of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0

Microsoft announces general availability of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0

At the Red Hat Summit on Monday, Microsoft announced the general availability of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0 --- the two projects which underscore Microsoft’s efforts to make the core elements of its programming language available for use on the hitherto-unsupported Linux and OS X operating systems.

The release of Version 1.0 of .NET Core, the open source, cross-platform .NET runtime platform, comes almost two years after it was first announced by Microsoft in 2014. The release of .NET Core is accompanied by the launch of ASP.NET Core 1.0, the open source, cross-platform version of Microsoft's Web development stack.

The announcement of the general availability of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0 by Microsoft marks a new milestone for the company’s open source programming language push. To enable Microsoft reach the new milestone, more than 18,000 developers -- representing 1,300 companies -- made contributions to .NET Core.

The general availability of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core 1.0 underscores an evident effort by Microsoft to make .NET available for use by developers across different platforms, whether on the desktop, mobile, or servers.

For .NET's open source push, Microsoft has worked out partnerships with a group of companies. Red Hat revealed in a Monday announcement that it will support .NET Core on its Enterprise Linux distribution and its OpenShift platform-as-a-service offering; while Samsung has joined the Technical Steering Group of the .NET Foundation.

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