Microsoft’s ‘Project Reunion’ hits the 0.5 milestone

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Microsoft is making sluggish however regular progress towards bridging the Win32 and Common Home windows Platform (UWP) divide. At the moment, March 29, officers introduced that Project Reunion has hit the 0.5 milestone, with the 1.zero launch set for This autumn 2021.

Project Reunion is aimed toward getting Home windows builders to construct true “Home windows apps” that may work on all Home windows 10 PCs by including fashionable desktop parts to Win32 with out customers having to rewrite their apps. At Construct in Might 2020, Microsoft’s Home windows Developer Platform crew launched previews of the primary two official Reunion elements: WinUI three and WebView 2. WinUI 3is the brand new native UI framework for Home windows 10. WebView 2 is a management for integrating net content material into an app.

The .5 Reunion launch offers builders with entry to WinUI three, textual content rendering and localization. Model .5 requires MSIX (though the 1.zero launch is not going to. Microsoft’s aim is for Undertaking Reunion to work on all supported variations of Home windows; it presently helps Win 10 1809 (the October 2018 Replace) and newer solely.

“We goal to develop Undertaking Reunion to offer a contemporary, easy, and accessible model of a lot of the ability of the Home windows Software Platform,” the crew explains of their README documentation on GitHub.

“As your app makes use of extra Undertaking Reunion performance it will be prepared for added targets equivalent to packaging, id, AppContainer, and different future Home windows Editions. Relying on Undertaking Reunion APIs means we tackle the work to maintain these APIs working as Home windows evolves ahead. Staying throughout the Undertaking Reunion API floor ensures your app can tackle the widest vary of Home windows editions and releases whereas utilizing up-to-date performance.”

Microsoft is relying on Undertaking Reunion to assist the corporate undo a few of its previous errors it created with its “Common Apps/One Home windows platform technique,” which anticipated UWP to supplant Win32 and for builders to do some heavy lifting to convey their current apps to that platform. When Home windows eight fizzled and builders balked at transferring to UWP, Microsoft officers shifted gears.