Microsoft celebrates 15th anniversary of .NET

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Microsoft’s .NET platform. .NET was released as part of Visual Studio.NET for the first time in 2002. .NET became so popular among developers worldwide because it allowed them to quickly build and deploy applications, starting with Windows desktop and web server applications. Over the years, .NET has evolved and now developers can build anything with .NET including cross-platform web apps, cloud services, mobile apps, games and much more. Microsoft last year open-sourced .Net Core, including the runtime as well as the framework libraries.

Microsoft today also posted a video interview with Anders Hejlsberg, father of the C# language, to share stories and thoughts on .NET, open source, and the release, watch it below.