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Microsoft Ships Entity Framework Core 3.1 and Entity Framework 6.4

Along with new releases of Visual Studio 2019 16.4 and .NET Core 3.1, Microsoft this week shipped Entity Framework Core 3.1 and Entity Framework 6.4 for data and object-relational mapping (ORM) developers.

As with .NET Core 3.1, these are relatively uneventful shipments -- most notable for long term support (LTS) licensing -- without a bunch of fancy new features or functionality included, as the dev teams focused on firming up existing code.

"The primary goal of EF Core 3.1 is to polish the features and scenarios we delivered in EF Core 3.0," Microsoft said. "EF Core 3.1 will be a long term support (LTS) release, supported for at least 3 years. To this end we have fixed over 150 issues for the 3.1 release, but there are no major new features to announce.

"EF Core 3.1 reintroduces support for .NET Standard 2.0, rather than requiring .NET Standard 2.1 as was the case for EF Core 3.0. This means EF Core 3.1 will run on .NET Framework versions that support the standard."

EF 6.4, a holdover from the proprietary, Windows-only .NET Framework days, also focused on polishing previously introduced features and fixing issues.

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