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    .NET framework & Win2k

    Windows update offers me the opportunity of downloading 21Mb of ".NET Framework". Unfortunately, the "more details" doesn't seem to work. It's a secret, right?

    Can someone tell me, please, in plain English:

    1. What does it do?
    2. Should I download & install it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: .NET framework & Win2k

    This is from the "More"
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    The .NET Framework is a new feature of Windows. Applications built using the .NET Framework are more reliable and secure. You need to install the .NET Framework only if you have software that requires it.

    For more information about the .NET Framework, see http://www.microsoft.com/net. (This site is in English.) </font color=blue>

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    Re: .NET framework & Win2k

    The .NET framework is the basic foundation for Microsoft's push into web-based services - pretty much what .NET is. What does it do? The .NET idea changes almost weekly so it's hard to nail down what it will eventually provide, but think of it as an entirely revamped way of building software that works on Windows. The .NET framework is intended for folks who are developing .NET applications, so if that's not you, don't waste your bandwidth.

    At some point in the future you're going to get it anyway, if you continue using Windows. Bet on it being included as a component in upcoming service releases and application installs, as Microsoft ramps up to deliver it to end users.

    Does that help?
    -Mark

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    Re: .NET framework & Win2k

    That's what I wanted to know, thanks.

    I'll steer well clear of it for now.

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