Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is the new managed code programming model for Windows®. It combines the power of the .NET Framework version 2.0 with new technologies for building applications that have visually compelling user experiences, seamless communication across technology boundaries, and the ability to support a wide range of business processes. These new technologies are Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace. The .NET Framework 3.0 is included as part of the Windows Vista™ operating system; you can install it or uninstall it using Windows Features Control Panel. This redistributable package is for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

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NET 3.0 is an add-on for NET 2.0. It adds Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communcation Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF). If you're not a programmer you probably don't need it. Many developers complained when MS called it 3.0 since it's really just an add-on to .NET 2.0. I can't think of any mainstream app that use these right now.

i dont know compared to java or sun java runtime .net its a joke needing older version to run older software, inmagine when .net its version 10 and we have to install 10 version of it in a single machine thats insane....

Don't use another products shortcomings to make .NET's shortcomings seem better.

I never said .NET was bad, but any higher version should build on or include existing technologies.

"Honestly, I would prefer it if you were upgraded to v3.0 but lose the attitude that comes with v1.0 of yourself." I will always be v1.0, but admittedly I do slip to BETA sometimes.

We don't need to understand something that doesn't make any sense in the first place. v3 should cover all v1.0+ needs.

Quote - gregj66 said @ #10
We don't need to understand something that doesn't make any sense in the first place. v3 should cover all v1.0+ needs.

Honestly, I would prefer it if you were upgraded to v3.0 but lose the attitude that comes with v1.0 of yourself.

If you think .NET is bad, then please have a look at the Java runtimes. Version 2.5.06.3 is incompatible with 2.5.06.2!!! At least .NET's compatibility is major version number-dependent only, if at all!!!

If you think .NET is bad, then please have a look at the Java runtimes. Version 2.5.06.3 is incompatible with 2.5.06.2!!! At least .NET's compatibility is major version number-dependent only, if at all!!!

The old "if something else is worse, less crap is excusable" argument?

This .NET crap.. is well.. crap.. the fricken v3 should cover all the previous versions, so we dont need 3 versions clogging up our computers with all the updates and crap! So stupid, as usual.

Quote - adam.mt said @ #7
What about Framework 1.1, is that still required? Or can I finally safely uninstall it?

If you use software that requires .NET 1.1 Framework, then you have to keep it.

Quote - madkingsoup said @ #7.2
Whatever happened to the concept of backward compatibility?

This is microsoft you're talking about....

It means 3.0 relies on 2.0 and apparently installs it for you if you don't have it. Liek neufuse said, it's more liek an add-on to 2.0 and doesn't really deserve the major version number increment.

.Net 3.0 is really .Net 2.0 with extras like the Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Cardspace, and Windows Presentation Foundation. I didnt remove 2.0 when i install 3.0 but i think if you go to "C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework" you will see the .Net 2.0 folder "v2.0.50727" with all its .net goodness :P

are you sure? i read that ati drivers use 1.1 but don't require 1.1 installed, just 2.0. i was thinking that 3.0 would cover 1.1 and 2.0 as well.

on the download page "For customers that already have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed, this .NET Framework 3.0 redistributable package installs only the new Windows Vista components. This ensures that any .NET Framework 2.0-based applications work seamlessly when the .NET Framework 3.0 is installed, with no application migration or updates of any kind required."

i'm confused, although i am that often.

For applications that are written using the 1.1 & 2 frameworks, yes.

They are designed to run side-by-side

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