.NET - the Basics.
The .NET Framework is the programming model of Microsoft .NET-connected software and technologies.
It is designed to build, deploy and run Web applications, smart client applications and XML Web services in the fastest, most efficient manner possible.
.NET enables your business to connect to:
- Other external networks through its XML Web services (e.g., media channels, outside software vendors)
- Small application modules utilizing XML to exchange data within a network
- Across the Internet
Services and information can be exchanged in both directions through a .NET network, enabling you to deliver functionality from an external third-party to your customers, or provide your own business services to other external .NET partners or users.
See a conceptual overview of Microsoft’s .NET Framework.