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Approximately 6,000 developers streamed into the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida in mid-July 2000 to hear a more concrete version of Microsoft’s vision for .NET.

They weren’t disappointed: Microsoft added substance to the vapor of the original June .NET announcement. It announced the .NET Framework and Visual Studio.NET, the C# programming language, a .NET-based successor to Active Server Pages called ASP+. They also learned that Microsoft would finally, and belatedly, consolidate its MS-DOS- and NT-based versions of Windows in a late 2001 product that was codenamed Whistler that would be the first to include bundled .NET technologies.

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