Release dates of recent and upcoming .NET offerings are shown here.
.NET Core 3.0 adds support for building desktop applications using the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Forms.
.NET 5, planned for 2020, will merge current .NET offerings into one runtime and API library, which could help developers and IT staff.
.NET software development technologies continue to receive Microsoft investment as they compete with popular rivals
.NET Standard is an API specification that aims to make development on Microsoft's .NET technologies more consistent across platforms
Illustration shows .NET layer architecture including .NET Standard