Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 enables developers to build, deploy, and run XML Web services and Microsoft .NET–connected applications. It provides a highly productive environment for integrating existing investments with next-generation applications and services. The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 installs the .NET Framework runtime and associated files required to run applications developed to target the .NET Framework. The .NET Framework improves scalability and performance of applications with improved caching, application deployment and updating with ClickOnce, support for the broadest array of browsers and devices with ASP.NET controls and services. Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX), is the new managed code programming model for Windows.
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 mark the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft. Its focuses on the core pillars of developer experience, support for the latest platforms, targeted experiences for specific application types, and core architecture improvements. The Microsoft .NET Framework is a software component which can be added to the Microsoft Windows operating system. It provides a large body of pre-coded solutions to common program requirements, and manages the execution of programs written specifically for the framework. The .NET Framework is a key Microsoft offering, and is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform. The pre-coded solutions in the namespaces form the framework's class library and cover a large range of programming needs in areas