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Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable Package (x86) for Windows

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Key Details of Microsoft .NET Framework Redistributable Package (x86)

  • Run and develop applications targeting .NET Framework.
  • Last updated on 5/17/2024
  • There have been 8 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Microsoft’s .NET Framework 4.8 is an update to their long-standing framework. The .NET Framework 4.8 doesn't change the visual aspect of app development directly, since it's more about the behind-the-scenes work. But, Microsoft has packed it with features and guides to help developers do their job.

 It's designed to be approachable, with plenty of support for new developers and deep capabilities for the experienced. One of the big wins of this update is how it deals with modern issues like high-resolution displays. No more blurry apps! 

It also steps up security, which is crucial in today’s world, where safety online is a big concern. Plus, it gives developers tools to make apps run smoother and lets them peek under the hood to see how well their app is doing. It's open for anyone working on projects, whether you're making money from them or just experimenting. 

Though the online installer is recommended for its convenience, there's an offline option for those without steady internet access. This update makes apps run better and fixes some specific issues. For web apps, it solves a tricky problem with caching. For apps on your desktop, it improves how you select text and interact with drop-down menus. And for visually heavy apps, it stops memory leaks that could slow things down. 

But what’s really cool is how this update makes apps look crisp on high-resolution screens and strengthens security for safer app building. It’s also packed with performance upgrades that help apps run more efficiently and give developers insights into app performance.

Bottom Line

Update the .NET platform binaries on your system. It’s friendly with many coding languages like C#, VB.NET, and F#. This means you can build all sorts of apps with it. It’s made to make both developers' and users' lives easier with less errors. It's ideal for anyone building apps, from big companies to individual hobbyists, because of its strong foundation and flexibility

What's new in version 7.0.13

  • Base classes
  • Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
  • Common language runtime

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Full Specifications

August 16, 2007
Latest update
May 17, 2024
Operating System
Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 98 SE, Windows XP, Windows ME
Total Downloads
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