Microsoft has finally released .NET 7. This is the first release of the “7” version of .NET, for which the complete version is 7.0.0 This release also includes a security patch that mitigates known vulnerabilities.
This is a Standard Term Support (STS) that will be supported for the next 18 months.
.NET 7 has been tested with Visual Studio 2022 version 17.4. Moreover, separate announcements for different features have also been made by Microsoft, like ASP .NET Core, .NET MAUI, F# 7, Entity Framework Core 7, Windows Forms, and WPF.
This release introduces new features and improvements to .NET, which have been discussed below. Before this release, Microsoft rolled out 7 preview updates and 2 Release Candidates. Click on the respective links below if you want to learn more about them:
- .NET 7 Preview 1
- .NET 7 Preview 2
- .NET 7 Preview 3
- .NET 7 Preview 4
- .NET 7 Preview 5
- .NET 7 Preview 6
- .NET 7 Preview 7
- .NET 7 RC 1
- .NET 7 RC 2
Continue down below to learn about .NET 7 and install SDKs, Runtimes. and ASP .NET Cores.
Table of contents
What’s New in .NET 7
There are a plethora of features, improvements, and fixes in .NET 7 over its predecessor. Microsoft has mainly focused on the following areas in delivering .NET 7:
- One BCL
- New TFMs
- Native support for ARM64
- Enhanced .NET support on Linux
- Continued performance improvements
- Developer productivity enhancements, like container-first workflows
- Build cross-platform mobile and desktop apps from the same codebase
- .NET is for cloud-native apps
- Easy to build and deploy distributed cloud-native apps
- Simplify and write less code with C# 11
- HTTP/3 and minimal APIs improvements for cloud-native apps
- Numerous perf improvements like On Stack Replacement, Profile-Guided Optimization, etc.
To read more about the different improvements, click on the links given above to be redirected to the original Microsoft announcement.
Download .NET 7
Use the direct download links below to download the .NET 7 Runtime, SDKs, and ASP.NET Core matching your operating system and architecture.
More download and install options here.
Install .NET 7
You can begin by downloading the right .NET version for you from the links above and then run it to begin the installation process. Here is how:
Once you have installed the newer .NET version, all your applications will run using the new build as the previous version will be replaced.
Run the installation package by double-clicking it (in the case of macOS and Windows), and then clicking Install on the installation wizard.
The installation will now begin. It does not take much time nor does it require a restart. Click Close once it has been installed successfully.
You have now installed the .NET. You may check which .NET version is running by typing in the following command in Command Prompt:
wmic product get description | findstr /C:.NET
How to Remove/Uninstall .NET
If you wish to remove a .NET version from your computer, you can simply uninstall it like any other regular application. Here are the steps to following:
Open the Programs & Features applet by typing in appwiz.cpl in the Run Command box.
Here, search for the .NET component that you want to remove, right-click it, and then click Uninstall from the context menu.
The installation wizard will now launch. Click Uninstall again.
.NET will now be removed from your PC. When done, click Close.
It has been nearly a year since the first stable version of .NET 6 was released. Since then, many improvements have been made to it.
If you are a developer, then we would recommend that you upgrade to .NET 7.0.0 your apps follow since it has a plethora of new features and fixes. It gives you more flexibility over your code with faster and more efficient coding; achieving more with less scripting.
Moreover, .NET 7 has been tested over the years through preview releases, so the chances of errors and glitches are slim to none (but never zero).
.NET 7 Release History
|Complete Version||Release Date||Significant Improvements||Announcement|
-Native ARM64 support
-C# 11 and F# 7
|Microsoft announces .NET 7.0.0|