What’s new in Microsoft .NET 6 – New Features Recap

In this article, I’ll go through what’s new in .NET 6, what .NET Core is, and how to use it. Microsoft .NET Core features and benefits, Why do we use Net Core Versions? Microsoft  .NET Core 6.0, which was 
announced on November 8, 2021, is the most recent version.

Introduction to .NET

.NET is a free, open-source development platform that can be used to create a variety of apps, including:

  • Web apps, web APIs, and microservices are all examples of web applications.
  • In the cloud, serverless functions
  • Cloud-native applications
  • Apps for smartphones
  • Desktop applications
    • WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation)
    • Windows Forms Application
    • Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
  • Games
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • AI (artificial intelligence)
  • Console Applications
  • Services are provided by Windows (read more…)

What’s New in Microsoft .NET 6?

Microsoft will release .NET 6.0 on November 8, 2021. Visual Studio 2022 version 17.0 is required to produce a console application in.NET 6.0. Visual Studio 2022 supports it. It is a long-term support release with a three-year support duration.

New features in Microsoft .NET 6

  • Simplified development:
    Development was already simplified so that getting started is easy. C# 10’s new language features reduce the 

    amount of code you should write. Moreover, investments in the web stack and minimal APIs try to keep it simple to write smaller, faster microservices.

  • Excellent performance: DOT NET is the fastest full-stack web framework, which decreases compute costs when running in the cloud.
  • Ultimate productivityDOT NET and Visual Studio 2022 support hot reloading,  new git tooling, intelligent code editing, robust diagnostics, and testing tools, and enhanced team collaboration.


It will be supported for three years as a long-term support (LTS) release. It is compatible with a wide range of operating systems (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS/tv-OS), including macOS Apple Silicon, and Windows Arm64. Visual Studio 2022 and Visual Studio 2022 for Mac both support NET 6. Visual Studio 2019 does not support it.

Azure App Service

In .NET 6.0, Azure functions now support running server less functions. Azure Functions 4.0 is compatible with.NET 6.0, Node.js 14, Python 3.7-3.9, Java 8 & 11, and PowerShell 7.0.
With Blazor Web Assembly frontends and Azure Function APIs, Azure static web apps now support full-stack.NET 6.0 applications.

Microsoft .NET 6

Unified and extended platform

It provides a uniform platform for browser, cloud, desktop, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile applications.
.NET Multi-platform App UI is one of the most intriguing (.NET MAUI). It is a cross-platform framework for developing native mobile and desktop applications in C# and XAML. .NET MAUI allows you to create applications that operate on Android, iOS, iPad OS, macOS, and Windows.

What is .NET Core?

Microsoft’s. NET Core is a new version of the .NET framework. It is a free and open-source framework for creating windows, web apps, services, and mobile applications that may operate on Windows, Mac, or Linux.
In other terms,
Dot Net Core is a cross-platform, high-performance, unified, fast, lightweight, open-source framework for developing mobile, web, and Windows apps and services.

.NET Core Versions

Microsoft .NET 6 Diagram

History of .NET Core Versions

The below table shows the details of .NET Core Versions.


Release Date

Development/Editor Tool Support
.NET Core 1.0 Jun-27-2016 Visual Studio 2015 updated version 3 1.0
.NET Core 1.1 Nov-18-2016 Visual Studio 2015,2017 1.0,1.1
.NET Core 2.0 Aug-14-2017 Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.3 1.0,1.1,2.0
.NET Core 2.1 Long Term Support May-30-2018 Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.7 1.0,1.1,2.0,2.1
.NET Core 2.2 Dec-04-2018 Visual Studio 2017 Version15.9 1.0,1.1,2.0,2.1,2.2
.NET Core 3.0 Sep-23-2019 Visual Studio 2019
Version 16.3
.NET Core 3.1 (3 yr Long-term support) Dec-03-2019 Visual Studio 2019
Version 16.4
.NET 5.0 Nov-10-2020 Visual Studio 2019
Version 16.8
.NET 6.0 1 (3 yr Long-term support) Nov-08-2021 Visual Studio 2022
Version 17.0
.NET 7.0 2022-11(projected)
.NET 8.0 2023-11(projected)

Why Use Microsoft .NET Core?

  • Cross-platform – It is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac.
  • Unified – It provides a single unified component, similar to the.NET Standard library, for all platforms, with the same code, languages, and tools.
  • Better performance – For communication between the browser and the server, the .NET core does not rely on system.web.dll. Everything in the .NET Core is a package that we need for our application. Packages help to shorten the request pipeline and increase application performance.
  • Lightweight – It is a simple framework. It enables developers to distribute libraries and components required by a group of packages.
  • Dependency Injection – .NET Core includes dependency injection.
  • Hosting – A .NET Core application can be hosted on a variety of Web servers, including IIS, Apache, Docker, and others. It is not reliant on IIS.
  • Open Source – It is a completely free and open-source framework.
  • Testability – Unit testing is quite simple in .NET core applications.

Dawood Ahmad

A Multi-Talented & Tech Enthusiast with a passion for software engineering; A Qualified IT & Computers Professional with 2+ years of impeccable experience as Web Developer & Team Lead. Microsoft Certified Trainer & Solutions Developer, Able to work under pressure & deliver projects on time with maximum output, adhering to budgets. Ability to Aim High, Think Smart & Act Fast in Deadline Oriented Situations. Looking forward to developing myself as Team Lead Web Developer to utilize my skills & expertise with maximum potential.

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