Microsoft releases Windows Template Studio 3.0

Microsoft released Windows Template Studio version 3.0 today, its first major update since version 2.0 was released back in April. The platform was created back in May 2017 as a sort of replacement for the Windows App Studio, and the team has been rapidly adding features ever since.

Today's update includes a variety of improvements. Here's the changelog of what's included in this version:

  • Code now generates as a multi-project solution. This will enable better reuse and separation of code logic. This now will output a UWP project and .NET Core project.

  • Support adding new projects on right click

  • Horizontal Navigation View is replaced the Pivot navigation pattern.

  • Update MVVMLight to use .NET Standard library

  • Bug fixes

There are also updates for the dev platform:

  • AdaptiveCards to v1.1.2

  • AppCenter.Analytics to v 1.12.0

  • AppCenter.Crashes to v 1.12.0

  • Services.Store.Engagement to v10.1810.16002

  • UI.Xaml to v2.0.181018003.1

  • Json to v12.0.1

  • UI.for.UniversalWindowsPlatform to v1.0.1.3

There are some known issues to be aware of. You might run into some problems if you're using this with Visual Studio 2019, as support for multi-project will show a NuGet reference failure. Also, Feedback Hub has been removed for now.

Microsoft also said what it has coming in future releases. Version 3.1 will see a Menubar navigation pattern template, Identity Login, and Azure features. Moving forward, there will be better VS 2019 support and Unit Test projects.

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