Microsoft team is happy to announce the new early access version of .NET Framework. New version 4.72. is currently feature-complete and in the testing phase. Note that it is not ready for production and is not supported. This is reported by the Microsoft blog.
This pre-release build of .NET Framework 4.7.1 have these features:
- .NET Framework support for .NET Standard 2.0.
- Enhancements in the Visual Tree for WPF applications.
- Accessibility improvements in keyboard navigation, narration, high contrast and focus control areas.
- Support for the more secure SHA256 hashing algorithm.
- Performance and reliability improvements.
Please note! The .NET Framework 4.7.1 will replace any existing .NET Framework 4 and later installation on your machine. This means all .NET Framework 4 and later applications on your machine will run on the .NET Framework early access builds upon installation. That’s great for testing, but a potential problem for production workloads (at this stage in the release).
Small step-by-step guide:
- Go to the .NET Framework Early Access site
- Review, accept the pre-release license terms and download the current build.
- Provide your feedback by reporting an issue at the .NET Framework Early Access GitHub repository.
New release is available at:
- Windows 10 Creators Update
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 7 SP1
It also installs on the following server platforms:
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Get more info about changes at release notes.