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Microsoft releases WinUI 3 - Project Reunion 0.5 Preview to help devs make modern Windows 10 apps

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft just released the WinUI 3 Project Reunion 0.5 preview.
  • It is the first release of Win UI 3 that ships inside the Project Reunion package.
  • The preview also adds support for in-app acrylic and several other options.

Microsoft just released the WinUI 3 - Project Reunion 0.5 Preview. This release is the first time that WinUI 3 ships inside of the Project Reunion package and should make it easier for developers to take advantage of modern APIs for their apps.

In addition to making it a bit easier to install the latest tools for app development, this preview also adds new options.

Here's what's new in WinUI 3 for the Project Reunion 0.5 preview:

  • In-app acrylic is now supported!
  • The Pivot control is no longer supported, and has been deprecated in WinUI 3. We recommend using the NavigationView control for your in-app navigation scenarios.
  • WinUI 3 and Project Reunion will be supported down-level to Windows 10 version 1809 - it requires build 17763 or newer.

The update also includes several bug fixes, which are detailed in a Microsoft doc (opens in new tab).

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If you're new to developing with WinUI 3, here's a description of if from Microsoft:

Windows UI Library (WinUI) 3 is a native user experience (UX) platform for building modern Windows apps. It works with both desktop/Win32 and UWP apps, and includes Visual Studio project templates to help get started building apps with a WinUI-based user interface as well as a NuGet package that contains the WinUI libraries.

In more simple terms, Project Reunion is an effort that helps make modern Windows apps. Developers can use a number of languages and setups to create apps that will work well on Windows 10 and Windows 10X going forward.

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3 Comments
  • Wow pivot was deprecated? That's wild. I don't personally like the control, but it's a bit surprising. I hope that, with Sun Valley, Reunion actually works and developers make an effort to use the "new" APIs.
  • It is never about new APIs. It is just converging and making the sets of APIs available to both app model - UWP and WinRT.
  • That's why I put "new" in quotations. In a sense, they're new to each framework. And WinRT is basically the predecessor to UWP. I think you meant Win32.