We just released updates to the .NET Core SDK, .NET Native Tools and NuGet, all of which are included in Visual Studio 2017 RC. You can also install the .NET Core SDK for command-line use, on Windows, Mac and Linux. Please check out the ASP.NET blog to learn more about Web Tools updates and the Visual Studio blog for the Visual Studio 2017 RC update.

The following improvements are the .NET highlights of the release:

  • .NET Core – The csproj project format has been simplified and project migration is much more reliable.
  • .NET Native – Major performance increase for SIMD and other performance improvements.
  • NuGet – .NET Framework, UWP, .NET Core and other .NET projects can now use PackageReference instead of packages.config for NuGet dependencies.

Note: csproj projects created with earlier releases of Visual Studio 2017 or on the command-line with the .NET Core SDK must be manually updated to load in the latest release. Please read the Updating .NET Core Projects section, below, for more information.

.NET Core

The .NET Core tools have been significantly improved in this update, fixing bugs and usability issues. A major focus of this release has been simplifying the project file and improving project migration. We are no longer using the “preview” term, but “RC3” to match Visual Studio 2017 RC.

The tools in the new SDK produce and operate on csproj projects. If you are using project.json projects, including with Visual Studio 2015, then please wait to install the new SDK until you are ready to move to csproj and MSBuild. If you are a Visual Studio user, you will get the SDK when you install Visual Studio 2017. See Known issues for Web Tools, and ASP.NET and ASP.NET/.NET Core in Visual Studio 2017.

Getting the Release

This .NET Core SDK release is available in Visual Studio 2017 RC, as part of the .NET Core cross-platform development workload. It is also available in the ASP.NET Web workload and an optional component of the .NET Desktop workload. These workloads can be selected as part of the Visual Studio 2017 RC installation process. The ability to build and consume .NET Standard class libraries is available in the all of the above workloads and in the UWP workload.

You can also install the .NET Core SDK release for command-line use on Windows, macOS and Linux by following the instructions at .NET Core 1.0 – RC3 Download.

The release is also available as Docker images, in the dotnet repo. The following images include the new SDK:

  • 1.0.3-sdk-msbuild-rc3
  • 1.0.3-sdk-msbuild-rc3-nanoserver
  • 1.1.0-sdk-msbuild-rc3
  • 1.1.0-sdk-msbuild-rc3-nanoserver

The aspnetcore-build repo has also been updated.

.NET Core SDK Components

This release contains the .NET Core Tools 1.0 RC3, the .NET Core 1.0.3 runtime and the .NET Core 1.1.0 runtime. No changes have been made to the .NET Core runtime in this release. .NET Core 1.0.3 and 1.1.0 were both released previously.

The .NET Core SDK includes a set of .NET Core Tools and one of more runtimes. In previous SDK releases, there was only ever one runtime included. This change in approach was made to make it easier to acquire all supported runtimes as a single step. This experience helps when you are collaborating with developers who are using multipe runtimes. It also makes it easier to update multiple runtimes on your machine when fixes are released. The SDK naturally gets larger, but not as much as you might guess since there is only ever one set of tools in the package. It also enables us to improve the tools for everyone more easily...

Read more: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dot...in-vs-2017-rc/