The virtual machine component of Microsoft's .NET framework and the backbone of the .NET framework. CLR takes care of a number of low-level executions such as application hosting, thread handling, memory management, security checks and application performance.

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First released 2002
Developed by Microsoft
Latest stable version 4
Open-source Not defined

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All programs written for the .NET framework, regardless of programming language, are executed by the CLR.

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