According to Microsoft,
“.NET is the Microsoft solution for Web Services, the next generation of software that connects our world of information, devices, and people in a unified, personalized way.”
When Microsoft started talking about .NET (and even after its release), there was great confusion over exactly what it was. People weren’t sure whether .NET was a new framework, operating system, or programming language. In reality, .NET is really a brand for Microsoft’s vision for distributed development based on Microsoft’s new technology. We call this technology the .NET Framework and it is through the .NET Framework that we develop Web Services.
Although it seems that building distributed systems on Web Services is the main ...