There have been a few pieces of news in the .NET Core world recently.
Firstly, .NET Core 1.0.1 shipped. This is just a small update that fixes some bugs and should give you more confidence in using ASP.NET Core 1.0, if you tend to sensibly wait for the first patch before you commit. Version 1.1 can be expected to land in the next six months according to the roadmap and this blog post.
Secondly, are the plans for version 2.0 of the .NET Standard Library. Hopefully this will make the naming a lot saner once everything has settled. I can easily understand how .NET naming seems confusing to newcomers. I’ve written a book on it and it still occasionally confuses me.
Lastly, Xamarin now supports .NET Standard libraries. I like how the .NET Standard API spec will integrate Xamarin more into the platform. I’ve been trying it out recently and have built a simple game for Android and iOS using Xamarin.Forms. It looks like .NET Standard will make things simpler than when using PCLs (Portable Class Libraries) or shared projects.