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The debut of the first preview of the upcoming.NET 8 has been announced by Microsoft.

Announcing .NET 8 Preview 1

Welcome to .NET 8! The first preview is ready for you to download: claim your copy of the first .NET 8 preview and start building applications today. Scroll down to see the list of features included in this preview. .NET 8 is a long-term support (LTS) release. This blog post covers the major themes and goals that drive the prioritization and selection of enhancements to develop. .NET 8 preview and release candidate builds will be delivered monthly. As usual, the final release will be delivered sometime in November at .NET Conf.

Releases of .NET include products, libraries, runtime, and tooling, and represent a collaboration across multiple teams inside and outside Microsoft. The broader themes covered in this blog post do not encompass all of the key scenarios and investments for .NET 8. They represent large areas but are just a part of all the important work going into .NET 8. We plan to make broad investments in ASP.NET Core, Blazor, EF Core, WinForms, WPF, and other platforms.

Announcing .NET 8 Preview 1 - .NET Blog