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  • Blog Post: The Roadmap for WPF

    When we introduced WPF back in 2006 (.NET 3.0), the response was absolutely phenomenal. Enterprises, ISV’s, and Microsoft Partners have made the technology central to their business, building amazing vertical solutions and mission critical applications for their customers. This momentum carries...
  • Blog Post: The Next Generation of .NET – ASP.NET vNext

    Today at TechEd North America, we announced the latest set of innovations that are part of the next generation of .NET. The biggest of those is ASP.NET vNext, which is an updated version of ASP.NET that been optimized for cloud Web development. We’ve continued to improve the core .NET technologies that...
  • Blog Post: .NET Native Performance

    This post was authored by Xy Ziemba, the Program Manager for .NET Native performance, and Andrew Pardoe, Program Manager on the .NET runtime team. In our previous blog post introducing .NET Native, we talked about how .NET Native gives you the performance of C++ with the productivity of C#. Putting...
  • Blog Post: The Next Generation of .NET

    At Build 2014 this week, we announced the next generation of .NET. The next generation will focus and deliver on two main themes: Core Innovation and cross-device apps. These themes are a direct result of your feedback, asking for new features in .NET and to make it easier to use .NET for all your apps...
  • Blog Post: Announcing .NET Native Preview

    This post was written by Subramanian Ramaswamy and Andrew Pardoe, Senior Program Managers on the .NET Native team. We’re thrilled to announce the first release of .NET Native. Windows Store apps start up to 60% faster with .NET Native and have a much smaller memory footprint. Our first release is a Developer...
  • Blog Post: RyuJIT CTP2: Getting Ready for Prime-time

    This post announces an updated preview of the .NET team’s new 64-bit Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler. It was written by Mani Ramaswamy, Program Manager for the .NET Dynamic Code Execution Team. Note: RyuJIT CTP3 is available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dotnet/archive/2014/04/03/the-next-generation-of-net...
  • Blog Post: RyuJIT .NET JIT compiler CTP1 FAQ

    This post shares more details about our new .NET 64-bit Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler. It was written by Kevin Frei, Development Lead for the CLR JIT team. RyuJIT received a great response with its RyuJIT: The next-generation JIT compiler for .NET announcement post. Thanks! It was great to see all of the...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 4.5.1 RTM => start coding

    Today, we’re announcing the availability of the .NET Framework 4.5.1 and Visual Studio 2013 ( Soma’s blog ). You can download these releases, now: .NET Framework 4.5.1 Visual Studio 2013 ( SDKs and targeting packs ) The .NET Framework 4.5.1 is a customer-focused release, based on feedback we’ve collected...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET App Suspend – responsive shared .NET web hosting

    This post introduces ASP.NET App Suspend, which is a game-changing feature in the .NET Framework 4.5.1. It radically changes the user experience and economic model for hosting large numbers of ASP.NET sites on a single machine. This post was written by Rich Lander, a Program Manager on the .NET team...
  • Blog Post: RyuJIT: The next-generation JIT compiler for .NET

    This post introduces the .NET team’s new 64-bit Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler. It was written by Andrew Pardoe, PM Manager for the CLR Runtime PM team. The world is moving to 64-bit computing even though it isn’t always faster or more efficient than 32-bit. A lot of programs run faster on 32-bit than on...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the .NET Framework 4.5.1 RC

    Update: The .NET Framework 4.5.1 RTM has been released and is available for download. The .NET Framework 4.5.1 RC is now available. It comes with a go-live license, enabling you to deploy 4.5.1 apps in production. Here are the RC bits. Download them. Try them out. Tell us what you think. .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Got a need for speed? .NET apps start faster.

    This post was written by Rich Lander, who works as a Program Manager on the .NET Framework. He worked on AutoNGEN for Windows 8. This post focuses on how technologies such as Native Image Generator (NGEN), the .NET Framework Optimization Service (mscorsvw), AutoNGEN, and compilation in the cloud have...
  • Blog Post: Wondering why mscorsvw.exe has high CPU usage? You can speed it up.

    This post was written by Rich Lander, a Program Manager on the .NET Framework Team. It was written for people who want to understand why mscorsvw.exe is running on their machines and want to know how to speed it up. Have you noticed that your machine is slowing down, and you’ve looked in Task Manager...
  • Blog Post: .NET Memory Allocation Profiling with Visual Studio 2012

    This post was written by Stephen Toub, a frequent contributor to the Parallel Programming in .NET blog . He shows us how Visual Studio 2012 and an attention to detail can help you discover unnecessary allocations in your app that can prevent it from achieving higher performance. Visual Studio 2012 has...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Documentation Improvements

    The CLR documentation team has been busy responding to feedback and making updates and changes to the .NET Framework documentation in the MSDN Library. We would like to tell you about the most recent set of document updates, which were published earlier in February. Performance content We have received...
  • Blog Post: Asynchronous Programming for Windows Store Apps: .NET is up to the Task

    Programming with async and await is the driving force behind delivering “fast and fluid” user experiences. Compiler diagnostics for async APIs guide developers towards best practices – it’s a wonderful example of platform and tooling working together. Since the Windows Runtime uses a slightly different...
  • Blog Post: Scaling cloud apps with the .NET Framework 4.5

    The .NET Framework 4.5 is now available on Windows Azure. Thank you to everyone cheering for this moment. We’re just starting to see the possibilities that a rich developer framework like the .NET Framework and the cloud can have together. Richard Lander, a program manager for the Common Language Runtime...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Build 2012 Event — .NET Framework Highlights

    It was at the first BUILD conference last year that we announced the .NET Framework 4.5. BUILD last week was a big opportunity for us to reflect on the incredible things you can do with .NET 4.5 and Windows 8. It was also a place where we could launch the great new things now available in Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the release of the .NET Framework for Windows Phone 8

    Bringing the full power of the Windows based CLR and .NET Framework to the Windows Phone has been several years in the making. The .NET capabilities introduced with Windows Phone 8 builds upon many of the investments we’ve made across all platforms and years of incubation. This release truly highlights...
  • Blog Post: An easy solution for improving app launch performance

    Over the last ten years of building the .NET runtime, quite a number of assumptions have changed. Early on we could assume that most computer users only had one processor. Today, the assumption is that you have at least two processors. While including parallelism in an app for performance challenges...
  • Blog Post: Improving Your App's Performance with PerfView

    Late last year, Vance Morrison, who is currently an architect on the .NET Framework Performance team, released PerfView , which is a new performance tool for .NET developers. PerfView helps you discover and investigate performance hotspots in .NET Framework apps, and enables you to deliver consistently...
  • Blog Post: The .NET Framework 4.5 includes new garbage collector enhancements for client and server apps

    What makes managed code, “managed”? Most people would point to the garbage collector. Automatic memory management makes a tremendous difference in programmer productivity. And when garbage collection improves, all .NET applications benefit. Abhishek Mondal, the program manager for GC on the Common Language...
  • Blog Post: Async in 4.5: Enabling Progress and Cancellation in Async APIs

    The apps developers want to develop today are fast and fluid and the async features in .NET make this easier than ever. The world is also highly connected now which makes waiting for data a real concern for building great customer experiences. Alok Shriram from the .NET Base Class Library program management...
  • Blog Post: Improving Launch Performance for Your Desktop Applications

    Application performance is something we hear about all the time. It almost always falls into one of the top three issues when we aggregate all of the feedback channels from .NET developers. While performance has many characteristics, application startup time is something that everyone can easily relate...
  • Blog Post: Large Object Heap Improvements in .NET 4.5

    Garbage collection is one of premiere features of the .NET managed coding platform. As the platform has become more capable, we’re seeing developers allocate more and more large objects. Since large objects are managed differently than small objects, we’ve heard a lot of feedback requesting...
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