Microsoft has released .NET Framework 4.7.1. Following the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the .NET Framework update will bring accessibility enhancements for focus control and narration. It will be compatible with Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators, Creators, and Anniversary Update), and also with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
The .NET Framework update will come with SHA-2 support with enhanced security on System.Messaging and the ASP.NET. The .NET Standard 2.0 too will be supported by the new version of the .NET Framework. This is a huge step because with this, Microsoft will allow 200 more APIs to be implemented by Framework. Before this, these were a part of the Standard 2.0 version without Framework access.
Other new additions will be configuration builders, NET httpCookie parsing, and NET Execution feature. There will be improvements in the Visual Tree for the WPF apps. Apart from all this, the version 4.7.1 will bring other performance tweaks and boost reliability.
The Windows Server versions that will support the new .NET Framework 4.7.1 are:
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.
If you want to check out everything that is in store with the new Framework update, install the Developer Pack. This will help you see the entire list of enhancements in the new release.
Microsoft is going pretty aggressive on its updates. Windows 10 got some really option-widening updates and now, the .NET Framework. Microsoft has been preparing for the release of a perfect new version of the .NET Framework for a long time. It rolled out the security and quality checks. The system was made hack-proof with months of careful inspection. The final security update happened in September.
A pre-release version is already accessible by Windows 7 SP1 and above. However, this is just for test environments and not a licensed version. The production version is just a few moments away from release. Have patience and be rewarded. You will get much more than what you got with the .NET Framework version 4.7.
Further details could be checked on the Microsoft site here.