The .NET platform is the foundation upon which the next generation of software
will be built. Microsoft has invested a lot of capital in its development, and
is putting its considerable weight behind its adoption as a new standard. A long
list of Microsoft partners have also announced support for .NET tools and components—
you can check http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/partners for a current
list of vendors who have .NET offerings.
The .NET platform is much more than a new language, software development
kit (SDK), or even an operating system. It offers powerful new services, a
new processor-independent binary format, new managed languages, managed language
extensions to existing languages, and the list...