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Microsoft urges devs to migrate away from .NET Core 3.1 ASAP

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Microsoft has urged developers still using the long-term support (LTS) release of .NET Core 3.1 to migrate to the latest .NET Core versions until it reaches the end of support (EOS) next month.

The company warned customers on the Windows message center to upgrade to .NET 6 (LTS) or .NET 7 “as soon as possible” before .NET Core 3.1 (LTS) reaches EOS on December 13, 2022.

As Dominique Whittaker, the Senior Program Manager responsible for .NET Core and .NET Native releases, warned this July, Microsoft will stop providing technical support or servicing updates after EOS

“We recommend moving to .NET 6 as soon as possible. If you are still using .NET Core 3.1 after the end of support date, you’ll need to update your app to .NET 6 or .NET 7 to remain supported and continue to receive .NET updates,” Whittaker said.

While .NET Core 3.1 apps will still run after the EOS is reached in less than a month, they will be exposed to attacks targeting any of the security vulnerabilities patched in .NET Core 6 since its initial release in November 2021.

Whittaker also shared detailed steps on how software vendors and developers can upgrade to .NET 6 (LTS) and how to update their development environment.

“If you’re migrating an app to .NET 6, some breaking changes might affect you. We recommend you to go through the compatibility check,” the Microsoft PM added.

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