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Microsoft's unveiling this week of the production release of .NET 7 advances the company's efforts over the past few years to unify the open source development runtime to support multiple architectures and platforms.

It also turns a strong eye to the cloud, continuing to extend its presence beyond PC and mobile systems to embrace cloud-native technologies such as containers more strongly. 

The .NET unification initiative began with .NET 5 in 2016 and continued with .NET 7. It means developers can "learn once and reuse your skills with one SDK, one Runtime, one set of base libraries to build many types of apps (Cloud, Web, Desktop, Mobile, Gaming, IoT, and AI)," Microsoft gushed in a blog post outlining the myriad improvements in the new release.