After Microsoft dismissed the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) as more or less obsolete last year, there’s now a major update to the Windows App SDK. In fact, we expected this much earlier. Microsoft released the final version of the new Windows App SDK for developers last November. In fact, it was expected in this context that the group now really presses the accelerator and starts with regular updates, improvements and innovations.
After all, Microsoft had announced that it wanted to enthuse more developers for the Windows Store so that it could offer more applications. Now, there is finally news for these efforts. Microsoft has released the Windows App SDK 1.1, the latest version of its development platform for building modern Windows desktop apps.
The release was finally expected before the Build Developer Conference, but now, almost two weeks later, the update is finally out.
Many new features await developers
“To help you build beautiful, modern, native Windows apps, we’ve just released Windows App SDK version 1.1”, writes Windows Developer Team “Building on version 1.0 released in November 2021, we’re excited to add several new features and capabilities to the Windows App SDK while improving stability and performance.”
The Windows App SDK – formerly named Project Reunion – is Microsoft’s attempt to bring modern app functionality that began in Windows 8 and later renamed Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to desktop app developers. It is a collection of libraries, frameworks, components, and tools that the software giant aims to use to provide developers with new Windows features whenever possible. Version 1.1 now offers additional functionality.
These include support for push notifications, multiple windows, local toast notifications, environment variables API, restart API, and standalone implementation. There are also new WinUI 3 functions like Mica, the new design that Microsoft has already equipped Office applications for example.
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