Project Reunion 0.5 is Now Available

Microsoft introduced right now that Venture Reunion zero.5 is now out there with a give attention to making it simpler to create fashionable Home windows desktop functions. As you could recall, Venture Reunion is an try by Microsoft to separate platform options from the Home windows launch schedule and make them out there throughout a number of Home windows 10 variations.

“In zero.5, our focus could be very a lot on what we’ve heard from our developer neighborhood round making Desktop apps simple to construct once more,” Microsoft’s Andrew Clinick writes within the announcement submit. “That’s why you’ll discover down–stage help to Home windows 10 model 1809, the flexibility to make use of Venture Reunion with a .NET 5 app, in addition to WinUI three and WebView2 for contemporary, suitable UI growth, all with production-level help when utilizing packaged apps.”

Clinick notes that Microsoft nonetheless expects to ship Venture Reunion by the tip of 2021, however based mostly on the various delays we’ve already skilled, I’m questioning if that’s sensible. Future updates will embody new options like app lifecycle for improved system efficiency and battery life, a contemporary windowing system that mixes “the facility of Win32 windowing with the convenience of UWP,” notifications help for each native and push eventualities, unpackaged app help, and extra.

For now, Venture Reunion zero.5 ships with absolutely supported MRTCore and DWriteCore parts, the manufacturing model of WinUI three for desktop apps, and WebView2.  It helps packaged apps—that means, apps which might be distributed with MSIX—however help for unpackaged apps will are available in a future replace. However the massive deal right here, after all, is WinUI three.

“The model of WinUI three that’s delivery with this launch is the primary model that’s appropriate for manufacturing apps and is forward-compatible,” Clinick explains. “With WinUI three, now you can construct desktop apps that may be printed to the Microsoft Retailer. There are at present two supported strategies for making a WinUI three app: Making a model new WinUI three Desktop app from scratch [and] migrating your current desktop apps to WinUI three by including a brand new WinUI three venture to your resolution, and adjusting or refactoring your logic.”

Developers interested in getting started with Project Reunion 0.5 should check out the Microsoft Docs website.

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