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State of the .NET Union: .NET 5.0 Preview Release 8

.NET 5.0 Preview Release 8 is LIVE. Not only is Microsoft following an aggressive development schedule for .NET 5.0, but they are achieving their objective — hitting all of the projected milestones with marginal delays. The preview releases that we have been monitoring are demonstrating solid work and attention to detail. Here is what you need to know in the run-up to the most important advancement in code since ... well, since the invention of .NET.
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The Biggest Announcements from Microsoft Build 2020: The Community Weighs In

Microsoft Build is one of the biggest events each year for developers. If you write code for .NET, C#, or any other development platform on the Microsoft stack, then MSBuild is Christmas morning — tons of new toys to open up and start playing with. We asked notable Microsoft Community members what the biggest, coolest, or most important announcements coming out of MSBuild 2020. Here’s what they said.
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Microsoft Update for March 2020

While we are all working remotely — including at Microsoft — the team in Redmond has made a few important announcements this month. So let’s take a look at what’s going on in the world of Windows, .NET, 365, and the Azure Cloud at The Edge.
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Microsoft’s “Patch Tuesday” Update Held Some Surprises

If you have been living in the Microsoft .NET ecosystem as long as we have, you eagerly wait for the second Tuesday of each month for Microsoft’s monthly scheduled update release that covers nearly all of their products and services. Microsoft’s “Patch Tuesday” is almost a monthly holiday event. The Patch Tuesday release on February 11, 2020, was bigger than usual and held a few surprises. Here is an overview.
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2020 State of the Public Cloud Market Report

We are about to start a new decade, and that suggests a time for reflection. 2019 was a big year for the Big 3 of global public clouds — Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. The entire market has shifted and 2020 might be a tipping point. Join us on a journey into the heart of the global public cloud business and let's take a look into the future together.
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When Do I Upgrade Major Versions of .NET Core?

You want your production releases to go live on a stable, fully-supported platform. And if you are in active development, you need to know the risks and prepare for updates and changes on pre-release versions and also on versions that may not have Long-Term Support (LTS). In this post, we decode the Microsoft release cycle numbering schema for the .NET Core framework.