Windows Template Studio update brings Visual Basic support and more

Another Windows Template Studio update is now available, bringing the Visual Studio extension up to version 1.7. The highlight feature of this update is support for Visual Basic, but there are a handful of other tweaks and additions, including Prism framework support.

Here's a full look at what's new:

New Programming Language Support:

  • Visual Basic

New Framework Support:

  • Prism framework

Updated Feature:

  • URI Schema launching for Caliburn.Micro added.

Template improvements:

  • Tweaks for consistence across all frameworks and languages
  • Fix for bug where we have a toast and first time prompt crash.
  • Fix for JSON Helper (#1659)

Improvements to the Wizard:

  • Lots of under the hood bug fixes and code improvements
  • Changed how we handle verifying new templates. This process should be much faster now.

Improvements to Process and Tooling:

  • Improved unit testing for verifying templates

Looking toward the future, Microsoft says that it has a few other features cooking for upcoming versions. Those include ink templates, further refinements for Fluent Design in templates, and interface improvements.

Windows Template Studio is a Visual Studio extension that takes took the place of Windows App Studio, a web-based tool used to create apps without coding knowledge, last year. If you're interested in giving it a shot, you can grab the extension directly from Microsoft. If it's already installed, you should be able to update to version 1.7 now.