The .NET Framework is an integral Windows component for building and running the next generation of software applications and Web services that is software (component-based, plumbing-free design that minimizes the amount of code developers have to rewrite and maximizes potential for code reuse) that connects information, people, systems, and devices. It spans clients, servers, and developer tools, and consists of:
a. The .NET Framework 1.1, used for building and running all kinds of software, including Web-based applications, smart client applications, and XML Web services?components that facilitate integration by sharing data and functionality over a network through standard, platform-independent protocols such as XML (Extensible Markup Language), SOAP, and HTTP.
b. Developer tools, such as Microsoft Visual Studio
Is it "safe" to install Microsoft's .NET framework 1.1?