Microsoft unveils the next generation of .NET

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Microsoft has put out the first preview release of .NET 6 in its continued efforts to transform the once Windows-only .NET framework into a modern open source (opens in new tab) cross-platform product.

.NET 6 will continue the unification work to bring all things .NET under one unifying umbrella, that they couldn’t complete during the development of the previous .NET 5 framework. Microsoft’s goal is to have a unified framework that developers can utilize across multiple platforms. 

“.NET 6 will enable you to build the apps that you want to build, for the platforms you want to target, and on the operating systems (opens in new tab) you want to use for development,” wrote Richard Lander (opens in new tab), the Program Manager of the .NET team.

All-in-one framework

As he discussed the new features of the preview release, Lander noted that the unification efforts will help all kinds of app developers, irrespective of whether they are developing for the desktop, mobile or for the cloud. Lander pointed out that “a big change this release is fully integrating Android (opens in new tab) and iOS (opens in new tab) as part of the existing Xamarin workloads." 

With the .NET 6 release, Lander’s team will specifically focus on app performance, while adding new control themes, and improving developer experiences.

Some of the work towards these objectives have been introduced with .NET 6 Preview 1 release. These include Blazor desktop, which is often described as an off-shoot of ASP.NET, and allows developers to write rich web UI using HTML (opens in new tab), CSS (opens in new tab), and C# instead of JavaScript (opens in new tab).  

There are lots of other improvements in .NET 6 including support for Apple Silicon (opens in new tab). Lander’s post touches on the various improvements and new features and also has links to download .NET 6 Preview 1 for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.