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.
Here are the top features and changes that Microsoft is bringing to Windows 11
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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.
Microsoft just doubled down on Win32, creating new ways to consume Win32 APIs in programming languages other than C or C++. Project win32metadata makes it easier to call Win32 APIs for developers.
A near-final version of Microsoft's upcoming lightweight OS, Windows 10X, has leaked, providing the clearest look yet at the upcoming offering. The OS competes against the likes of Chromebooks.
myTube, one of the most popular Windows 10 apps for YouTube, has just received a major update to version 4.0, and it introduces a large number of new features and changes. Here's what's new.
After a few months in technical preview, Google is bringing its open-source, cross-platform framework, Flutter, to Windows in Alpha, with the company working to add UWP support soon.
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.
As promised last year, Microsoft has begun automatically installing OneNote for desktop along with the Office 365 suite of apps. The app no longer has the year branding and is called just 'OneNote'.
Microsoft has launched a new WinUI website that lists the advantages of using the platform. The firm aims to get developers to migrate their existing apps to use the modern UI of Windows 10 and 10X.
Microsoft is going to be shutting down its Ad Monetization platform on June 1, the company announced. UWP developers are going to have to find a new way to monetize their free apps.
Kodi is looking for Windows developers that have experience with UWP. Moreover, it says that if it doesn't find some, it might have to cancel its next versions for the Xbox One and Windows 10.
Microsoft has relased version 6 of the Windows Community Toolkit, and it brings XAML Islands to Win32 apps, support for apps targetting ARM64, new controls, and other improvements.
Launch, the event that saw a number of new UWP apps released onto the Microsoft Store earlier this year, is coming back in 2020, and interested developers can now sign up to participate.
In the latest development of the "UWP is dead" saga, it seems that Microsoft's own game studios are abandoning the platform, as the upcoming Gears 5 will be based on Win32 for the PC version.
Amidst talk of the death of the Universal Windows Platform, a group of developers has joined forces to release a number of apps built on the platform through an annual event being called Launch.
Microsoft confirmed today that its Xbox Game Pass subscription service is finally coming to PC in an official form, featuring over 100 games from over 75 publishers and developers in the PC space.
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 updated its development tool for the Universal Windows Platform, introducing support for Visual Studio 2019 alongside a few performance enhancements and design updates.
Ryken Studio, the developer of the popular UWP YouTube client myTube!, today announced that the app will be free for everyone until November 2. myTube! also received a series of improvements today.
Amazon could be working on a UWP version of its smart digital assistant if a new report is accurate. This would give Windows 10 users in S mode a new way to access it without using Cortana.
Windows 10 version 1809 is right around the corner, and with it will come some welcome new features to the hidden and rarely seen UWP File Explorer, which has been present for a few versions now.
Courtesy of the developer(s) known only as Ponn, Readable Feed Reader is a well-designed, but bare-bones RSS feed aggregator. It can currently do little more than cover the basics, but is that enough?
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.
With macOS Mojave, all major desktop operating systems now support mobile apps in some way or another. Mobile apps, long seen as toy apps, might just be the panacea desktop app development needs.
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.
Twitter today announced that its PWA is available. Unfortunately, that came with the news that if you don't have a device that supports it, your app won't work beginning next month.
Microsoft has announced that the desktop OneNote app won't be included in Office 2019, and new features won't be added to the current version. The company is recommending the Windows 10 app instead.
Microsoft has rolled out version 2.0 of Windows Template Studio, an extension for Visual Studio that allows developers to easily build UWP apps. The latest update features a better interface.
It appears that the first wave of Progressive Web Apps (PWA) has hit the Microsoft Store, with more than a dozen PWAs now available. More apps will likely make their way soon as well.
Gone is Twitter's clunky, abandoned native UWP app. What we get now is an interesting, but not-quite-as-slick web app that's ripe for release, given Windows' upcoming support for Progressive Web Apps.
Twitter has finally converted its app for Windows 10 into a PWA version with support for push notifications, character limit extension from 140 to 280, a tweet bookmark tool, and more.
SoundByte is a great-looking app for streaming audio from services like SoundCloud and YouTube among others. Here's a quick review of it, along with an interview with its developer, Dominic Maas.
MyTube! is a handy third-party YouTube app for Windows made on the UWP platform. It manages to one-up YouTube's website on several turns, in ways that just might make it indispensable for some.
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.
Bardi Golriz's Appy Text is a well-designed minimal writing app that supports markdown. It acts as a solid example of how functional UWP apps can be despite their current limitations.
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.