Microsoft. NET Framework 4 was released just a few months ago along with Visual Studio 2010. The framework is currently only available for download, but will probably be integrated into future versions of Microsoft operating system and updates.
The latest version of the framework enhances the current. It introduces several new features and performance improvements for both developers and end users will benefit from.
Some of the more important changes are:
Performance improvement including better multicore support, background garbage collection, and profiler attach on server.
Easier debugging including dump debugging, Watson minidumps, mixed mode debugging for 64 bit and code contracts.
Added support for Windows 7 multi-touch, ribbon controls, and taskbar extensibility features.
Improvements in performance and scalability.
Visual improvements in text clarity, layout pixel snapping, localization, and interoperability.
A full list of changes is available on this Microsoft page.(http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/confirmation.aspx?familyId=9cfb2d51-5ff4-4491-b0e5-b386f32c0992&displayLang=en)
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Download
Microsoft gives more weight to the web installer from their messages. They are often not to mention that the standalone installer is available as well. Here are links to both offline and online installer. NET Framework 4
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Web Installer):http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=17851
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer): http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=17718
The separate installer has a size of 48 MB and contains all the files necessary to install the new framework, which means it does not need to load additional components of the Internet. Ideal for the installation of Microsoft NET Framework 4 on computer systems offline without direct Internet connection.
Web installer weights of less than 1 megabyte, but requires an Internet connection to download the remaining components during installation.
Both links point to the English version of the .net Framework 4.
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 requires at least Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 and will run on both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of those operating systems.
Applications that require the Microsoft .net Framework 4.0 will – as usual – trigger a download of the component if it is not already installed on the user’s PC.