On February 13th, 2002, Microsoft released the first version of .NET which was released as part of Visual Studio.NET. Microsoft’s .NET has since then unleashed a new set of productivity building the “Next Generation Windows Services”.

Over the past 15 years, .NET technology has transformed over to become a platform in itself and it’s ecosystem has grown and expanded to meet the needs of all kinds of developers and each of the available platform.

In case you are not familiar, the .NET platform allows developers to quickly build and deploy robust applications, including Windows desktop, Web server applications etc.

You got an entire managed framework for building distributed Windows applications, ASP.NET was introduced as the next generation Active Server Pages for web-based development, and a new language, C# (pronounced “see sharp” :-)) came to be.

Today, with .NET, the possibilities are limitless. You can build anything with .NET including cross-platform web apps, cloud services, mobile device apps, games and so much more.

Watch the video below which features Anders Hejlsberg, the father of the C# language, who share some stories and thoughts on .NET, open source, and the release:

You can share your story about .NET and Visual Studio with hash tags #MyVSstory #dotnet.

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