The visual studio version 6.0 has several drawbacks especially in developing web applications. To overcome these drawbacks of visual studio 6.0, Microsoft started a project with the name Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) in 1998. But later it was renamed to .Net in the year 2000 and first beta version of .net was released in 2000. .net is available as two products, .net framework and visual studio.net. To create and execute .net applications, .net framework is compulsory but not visual studio.net. Only purpose of VS.Net is to make application development easy and fast by providing GUI. When VS.Net is not available then you can develop .Net applications using notepad. Different versions of .Net framework and its corresponding VS.Net released up to now are as follows.