What is the purpose or function of the .NET Framework ?

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What is the purpose and function of the Microsoft .NET Framework, and which programs use it ? It seems to get fairly many of the windows updates some times. So is that .net framework really needed just for basic every day email and browsing the web?
 
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The framework contains the runtimes for any program written in a .NET-compatible development language. Many new programs (most?) use it since it is such a popular development environment. I don't know of any mail programs or browsers that use it.

If you remove it, any program that needs it will fail to run. If a new program requires it and you do not have it, the setup will usually tell you and ask that you install it, or even offer to install it itself.

Unless you are really desperate for space, I see no reason to remove it. The updates should be automatic and they really are no burden. But admittedly, for the things you mentioned, it is probably not needed.
 
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