Microsoft has released version 1.2 of the Windows App SDK with a bunch of new features including support for third-party Widgets in Windows 11, updated media playback controls, and lots more.
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WhatsApp has announced that its new app for Windows is now live. It ditches the web-based Electron framework in favor of Windows-native Universal Windows Platform (UWP) technologies.
WhatsApp Beta UWP app on Windows 11 and 10 is getting an update that introduces the much-awaited reactions feature. It's already available for Android and iOS users alongside WhatsApp on the web.
The WhatsApp Beta UWP recently received an update on Windows 11, adding a couple of useful features. However, they aren't entirely new to most users, as Android and iOS users have had them for years.
WhatsApp Beta UWP app is now getting a useful feature, allowing users to filter their chats to show messages from unread chats, contacts, non-contacts, and groups. It is available via an update.
WhatsApp's UWP app for desktop is missing several useful features that are available on other platforms. However, with the arrival of Archive Chats, the list of missing features has become shorter.
Meta-owned chat messenger company WhatsApp is currently working on a slew of new features, the ability to react to messages being one of those. The company will also bring it to WhatApp UWP.
It appears that the WhatsApp Desktop app available via the Microsoft Store is about to get a Windows 11 makeover soon. The development team has reportedly transitioned to WinUI 2.6 for this purpose.
Via an AUA conducted on Reddit by the Windows Developer team, Microsoft has confirmed that it is focusing on improving Windows 11's performance especially when it comes to the UI performance.
Microsoft has confirmed that it is dumping its new Web-based Whiteboard and going back to the native app based on UWP after the user feedback has been generally negative owing to missing features.
The new WhatsApp for Windows 10 and 11, which was spotted earlier today, can already be downloaded and tried out, if it works. The app is still in beta and is apparently based on the UWP framework.
It appears that UWP is on the way out as Microsoft has recently published guidance about how to migrate from UWP to Windows App SDK, which has been highlighted as the new strategic direction.
Customers looking to migrate their Java workloads to the cloud will be happy to see Java-centric announcements at Build 2021 including the general availability of Microsoft's Build of OpenJDK.
Microsoft's attempt at bridging the gap between UWP and Win32 is now available for developers building packaged apps. Version 0.5 still has some limitations, but version 1.0 will come later in 2021.
Microsoft's Windows Community Toolkit simplifies the process of building UWP and .NET apps. Version 7.0 of the utility sports a new MVVM library and improved notification support, among other things.
Today at its Build 2020 virtual developer conference, Microsoft announced Project Reunion, a new plan to unify the Universal Windows Platform and Win32, and it will be backward compatible.
Microsoft is working on new features for the UWP version of OneNote after deprecating its desktop version last year. The new features include sorting pages and setting default templates.
Microsoft has announced the release of the Windows UI Library Preview, which facilitates UWP app developers by cutting ties with SDK releases, and opting for more flexibility using NuGet packages.
The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of the Podcast Lounge app from Igneous Software is now available to download from the Microsoft Store for $6.89. It contains more than 90,000 podcasts.
Design concepts of what appears to be a UWP version of WhatsApp seem to point to a partnership between Microsoft and Facebook to port the Silverlight app over from Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft has announced version 3.0 of Windows Community Toolkit - formerly UWP Community Toolkit - branding it as the "largest update" yet. The update contains tons of new features for developers.
As per a job listing, Microsoft might be working on implementing game mod support for Xbox Live titles on the Xbox One and Windows 10. The company has not officially announced such plans.
Apart from multi-instancing support in UWP apps, Microsoft has announced the ability to build UWP console apps. Both classes of apps will also be able to take advantage of broader file-system access.
Microsoft has announced that you'll soon be able to run multiple instances of UWP apps in Windows 10 with the launch of version 1803. However, the feature is limited to desktop and IoT projects.
In a blog post today, Microsoft confirmed the details of its plan to bring Progressive Web Apps to Windows 10 with the next feature update to the OS. They'll be available through the Microsoft Store.
The latest update to iTunes includes a file hinting that the software is soon to make its landfall on the Microsoft Store. An official timeline for the launch still remains unknown.
After starting as the Xbox Media Center, Kodi eventually slipped away from the Xbox to other platforms. After a commitment to UWP, the popular open source app has returned, this time for Xbox One.
While a Centennial port of Spotify already exists in the Windows Store, Microsoft's Alex Kipman has indicated that the native UWP app currently found on Xbox One will appear on Mixed Reality devices.
An internal initiative dubbed Andromeda OS seeks to transform Windows 10 into a much more modular platform, componentizing the operating system and allowing for improved adaptability across devices.
A brand new version of Windows Template Studio has now been released, and features enhancements to the Wizard, as well as process and template improvements. Available in the Visual Studio Marketplace.
Microsoft has announced version 2.0 of the UWP Community Toolkit, calling it the largest update yet. The project allows developers to contribute new capabilities on top of the Windows 10 SDK.
Microsoft has announced the release of version 1.5 of the UWP Community Tooolkit - a project that enables developers to collaborate and contribute new capabilities on top of the Windows 10 SDK.
Microsoft's annual game developers contest, 'Dream.Build.Play', has been brought back to life. But this time developers could win more than $200,000 in prizes in four different categories.
Microsoft announced the results of its first-ever Windows Developer Awards that recognizes and highlights the "outstanding work" that several developers have accomplished over the past year.
Microsoft has evolved Windows App Studio to Windows Template Studio, making it easier for developers to target the Universal Windows Platform, with emphasis on "high-quality code generation".
Microsoft will be hosting its annual Build developer conference in Seattle this week, outlining some of its product plans for Windows 10, Cortana, Azure, Edge, Office, mixed reality, bots, and more.
As Microsoft slowly works on build parity and compatibility between its various OS ventures, an inquisitive user has now found a way to access the hidden UWP version of file explorer on the desktop.
From the looks of it, cloud storage provider MEGA is working on its own Universal app for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Though it's in private beta, you can send the firm an email to get access.
Microsoft has announced version 1.4 of its open-source UWP Community Toolkit. This update is comparatively smaller than the previous one, and mainly focuses on stability and improvements in controls.
After bringing its Desktop App Converter - formerly known as 'Project Centennial' - to the Windows Store in September, Microsoft has now updated the tool, bringing various improvements and additions.