Lifecycle FAQ—.NET Core Content provided by Microsoft Applies to: .NET Core Select Product Version All Products Back to the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy home page NOTE: This FAQ was updated on April 4, 2018 Show All What is .NET Core? How does .NET Core ship? How will the lifecycle for .NET Core work? Where can I find the end date for specific releases of .NET Core? How does the lifecycle for ASP.NET Core and Entity Framework Core work? What about third-party components? What if I take .NET Core sources from GitHub? What is the relationship between .NET Core and .NET Framework? Why don't .NET Core releases follow the same lifecycle as the .NET Framework? I am using .NET Framework 4.5.x or 4.6.x. Does this mean I need to update my application to work with .NET Core? Where can I learn more about .NET Core?The information on this page is subject to the Microsoft Policy Disclaimer and Change Notice. Return to this site periodically to review any such changes. Last Updated: 3 Aug 2018 Was this information helpful? Yes No Tell us what we can do to improve the article Submit Thanks! Your feedback will help us improve the support experience.