.NET 5 Overview

What is .NET 5?

Microsoft's .NET 5 is the next step forward with .NET Core. It has some major changes that can significantly impact your organization.

The .NET 5 project aims to improve .NET in a few key ways.

  • A single .NET 5 native application project would support targets such as Windows, Microsoft Duo (Android), and Apple iOS using native controls on those platforms.
  • It expands the capabilities of .NET by taking the best of .NET Core, .NET Framework, Xamarin, and Mono.
  • It also builds a product from a single code-base that Microsoft, as well as community developers, can work together and that improves all scenarios.

Why .NET 5?

The .NET 5 is the future of .NET Core and is almost a complete reimagining of the old .NET Framework.

  • So far both .NET Core and .NET Framework were maintained in parallel, and you were able to choose between the two.
  • However, once .NET 5 is released, the .NET Framework will be deprecated.
  • You can also migrate from .NET Core to .NET 5 easily because it will be less complex than the migration from .NET Framework, there are some concerns to take into consideration, as well as some great new features of .NET 5.
  • It will produce a single .NET runtime and framework that can be used everywhere and that has uniform runtime behaviors and developer experiences.
  • It is a game-changer project for .NET, all your code and project files will look and feel the same no matter which type of app you are building With .NET 5.
  • You will have access to the same runtime, API, and language capabilities with each app.

What is New in .NET 5 from .NET Core?

In .NET 5, all the features of .NET Core are available and everything you like about .NET Core will continue to exist, but you will also see some new features and improvements which are as follows.

  • You will have more choice for runtime experiences.
  • Java interoperability will be available on all platforms.
  • Objective-C and Swift interoperability will be supported on multiple operating systems.
  • The CoreFX will be extended to support static compilation of .NET, smaller footprints, and support for more operating systems.