Good things happen when you talk about them! Only a few days after we covered Project Reunion on the website, and what changes it might bring to the Windows platform, do we have some new development.
It comes in the form of the WinUI 3 – Project Reunion 0.5 Preview.
While the name may be a handful, this release is the first time that WinUI 3 has shipped inside of the Project Reunion package. It should make it easier for developers to take advantage of modern APIs for their apps.
Microsoft has just made this new version of the preview available to help developers create modern apps for Windows 10 and Windows 10X.
And this is how it announced it:
We've just shipped WinUI 3 – Project Reunion 0.5 Preview! 🎉This is a new preview version of WinUI 3 w/ bug fixes & some new functionality, that's shipping w/ Project Reunion for the 1st time!
👩💻Get started: https://t.co/lIV8hcTrgS
📖Full announcement: https://t.co/Lb0JGS1L5Y
— Windows UI (@WindowsUI) March 10, 2021
There are three things that are new in this preview releases.
First is support for in-app acrylic. Secondly, the Pivot control is no longer supported and has been deprecated in WinUI 3. And third major point of note is that WinUI 3 and Project Reunion will be supported down-level to Windows 10 version 1809.
If you’re not a developer, or have no experience with coding, you may be wondering what this is.
For the uninitiated, Windows UI Library (WinUI), is a native user experience platform for building modern Windows apps. It works with both desktop and UWP applications, and includes Visual Studio project templates to help get started building applications with a WinUI based user interface.
In simpler terms, this is Microsoft’s latest effort to streamline app development and modernize it for Windows 10 and Windows 10X going forward.