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At Build 2019 yesterday, Microsoft announced .NET 5, the next big release in the .NET family. It is a game-changer for .NET as it will be an unified platform using which developers can target various platforms including Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, tvOS, watchOS and WebAssembly and more. .NET 5 will be supported by Visual Studio 2019, Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio Code. Microsoft is planning to release .NET 5 in November 2020 and preview version of .NET 5 is expected to be available in the first half of 2020.
.NET 5 will improve .NET in the following ways:
- Produce a single .NET runtime and framework that can be used everywhere and that has uniform runtime behaviors and developer experiences.
- Expand the capabilities of .NET by taking the best of .NET Core, .NET Framework, Xamarin and Mono.
- Build that product out of a single code-base that developers (Microsoft and the community) can work on and expand together and that improves all scenarios.
You can learn more about this release in detail from the link below.