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  • Microsoft Open Sources WPF, WinForms, and WinUI

    Today at Microsoft Connect 2018, the company announced the first preview of .NET Core 3.0. Contained within that is a bigger announcement: the company is releasing WPF, Windows Forms (WinForms), and WinUI as open source projects on GitHub with a MIT license.

  • Using Your WinForms/WPF Code to Vote for .NET Core 3.0 Features

    In May we reported Microsoft wants to run WinForms and WPF on .NET Core 3.0. In order to facilitate this, they are building a new tool that will allow you to vote on which APIs they need to port to .NET Core. But this isn’t a direct vote; it is based on what APIs are being used by your application.

  • Modernizing Windows Desktop Applications with XAML Islands

    You may be under the impression that Windows desktop development is pretty much dead, yet according to the telemetry data in Visual Studio, there are roughly 2.4 million developers actively working on desktop applications each month, up 50% from 20 months ago. With such a large community to support, Microsoft is looking at ways to help developers integrate those assets into Windows 10.

  • Windowing in Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Applications

    Continuing our series on UWP for line of business applications, we turn our attention to another frequently cited issue: multiple window support. Microsoft intends to not only answer that request, but surpass it with multiple windowing modes including 3D.

  • Update on the “Fluent UI” Or Ribbon Design

    Two weeks ago we reported on the “fluent UI”, or ribbon design, that Microsoft sued Corel over. Since then we have been able to get an update from Microsoft.

  • Highlights for the Upcoming .NET Framework 4.7.2

    Though most of the attention is on .NET Core, development continues on the original .NET Framework. Microsoft has recently released a preview of .NET Framework 4.7.2 with updates to ASP.NET, ADO.NET, WCF, WPF, and even Windows Forms.

  • Simplifying Form Creation with XAML Power Toys

    The routine creation of XAML data entry forms can be tedious, but thanks to a new Visual Studio extension this process can be streamlined. XAML Power Toys for Visual Studio 2015 provides a way for developers to quickly create data entry forms using XAML for WPF or Xamarin forms applications. With UWP app support coming, this is an all-in-one tool that supports all major WPF use-cases.

  • .NET Framework 4.6.2 Delivers WPF and Security Improvements

    The latest release of the .NET Framework provides several new features centered around WPF and security- including some long-awaited improvements to ClickOnce deployed applications. Microsoft released a preview of .NET Framework 4.6.2 back in late March and now developers can take advantage of the release’s new features in their own projects.

  • .NET 4.6.2 Preview Brings Security and WPF Features

    While most of the attention is on .NET Core, work continues on the original .NET Framework. Recently released as a preview, version 4.6.2 is primarily focused on security and WinForms/WPF related features.

  • WPF Tooling in Blend and Visual Studio 2015

    A question that keeps coming up is whether or not Blend should be integrated into Visual Studio. The current thought is that it is still better to have separate tools, one focused on UI design tasks and one focused on application development. But that doesn’t mean both can’t be improved.

  • WPF vNext and NuGet

    One of the limiting factors in WPF development is the fact that it is a core component. Since it is shipped with .NET itself, and often the OS, the compatibility requirements are extremely high. By moving to a NuGet distribution model, Microsoft is willing to ease the capability requirement and attempt riskier changes.

  • WPF in .NET 4.6

    Despite rumors to the contrary, WPF development at Microsoft isn’t dead. There are four major areas of investment for WPF in .NET 4.6 and beyond: Performance, DirectX Integration, Supporting Modern Hardware, and Tooling.

  • Microsoft Revives WPF Development

    Oft-maligned and seemingly ignored by Microsoft, the WPF technology has still remained popular with Windows application developers. Microsoft has announced new plans to improve WPF.

  • A WPF Q&A

    A panel of 9 Microsoft desktop developers were available during a lunch time Q&A. This session was not filmed, but we were able to record some of the WPF questions and Microsoft’s answers.

  • Future-Proofing Desktop Applications for Hardware Enhancements

    Though CPUs aren’t getting any faster, other hardware capabilities are rapidly increasing. This is most evident in high DPI displays and the way they shrink legacy applications to the point of illegibility. So for perhaps the first time since the 90’s, future proofing for better monitors is becoming vital.

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