Visual Studio 2019 c# project using .NET 4.7.2

Darryl Hoar 116 Reputation points

I have developed an application in visual studio 2019 and c#. It currently uses the .NET 4.7.2 framework. As I am going through an update process (performance, visual etc.) I was wondering if I should upgrade to use a "newer" version of the .NET framework.

If I should what "newer" version of the .NET framework should I look into?

Appreciate any thoughts on this issue.


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  1. Jiale Xue - MSFT 42,321 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Darryl Hoar ,Welcome to Microsoft Q&A,

    The latest .NET framework firmware is 4.8.1 which was released on August 9, 2022.

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    Your upgrade decision is also influenced by your application needs and dependencies. It is crucial to conduct adequate compatibility testing before upgrading. Make sure your application and its dependencies run properly on the new version.

    You need to take into account the compatibility of customer use and the cost of developing new technologies.

    Check out the new features and performance improvements in .NET Framework 4.8.1 over 4.7.2. If these are of value to your application, an upgrade may be justified.

    Check the .NET framework version updates.

    .NET Framework versions and dependencies

    What's new in .NET Framework 4.8

    What's new in .NET Framework 4.8.1

    If you have decided to update to a new version, it is recommended that you use .Net Framework 4.8.1 to get longer support in later development.

    For stability, upgrading to the already very stable 4.8 is also a good choice.

    Best Regards,


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