The .NET Fundamentals team announced in a blog post this past August that support for .NET Framework 4.5.1 and older will be ending in 2016. Microsoft also reported that the company will be changing its product lifecycle support policy for the older .NET Framework 4 and 4.5 versions.
What does this mean for businesses?
This announcement puts pressure on businesses to get up to date on the latest technology and stay there. There may be increased cost and time needed to make the updates, but in the long term the benefits outweigh the costs. By forcing companies to stay current, Microsoft is ensuring that their customers’ systems are inherently more secure. The upgrade process has become seamless, allowing for quicker and more timely security updates. With the amount of important and sensitive data available within companies and increasingly in the cloud, the importance of security is at an all-time high.
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