Saturday, November 20, 2021

Microsoft releases Windows App Sdk 1.0

November 16, 2021 Microsoft has released Windows App SDK 1.0 - the first release of unified set of APIs which can be used on Windows 11 and and downlevel to Windows 10, version 1809.

Windows App SDK main features includes WinUI 3 (the new user interface framework for desktop apps development and probably the most important part of Windows App SDK), rendering text with DWriteCore, push notifications, new deployment model, app lifecycle, etc. Both packaged apps (creating MSIX installers) and unpackaged apps (creating EXE) are supported by 1.0 release.

The next release of Windows App SDK is planned for the Q2 2022 and should include multiple windows support.

WinUI 3 in 1.0 and 1.1 is only supported for use by full WinUI 3 apps. You'll be able to use WinUI 3 in WPF/WinForms/other apps in a future release via XAML Islands.