Precisely seven releases after the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Community Toolkit debuted a year ago, received first major and largest update so fat and graduates to version 2.0.
The UWP Community Toolkit, though is meant for desktop apps, but it also works great on Xbox One, Mobile, HoloLens, IoT and Surface Hub devices. Beginning with v2.0, the toolkit, now aligns with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, so developers can take advantage of new APIs and Fluent Design System.
The UWP Community Toolkit sample app has also been updated to use an improved and redesigned navigation model, that showcases toolkit features for developers by providing tools to get started using the toolkit in their apps, and it continues to get better. "Developers can now edit XAML directly in the sample app and instantaneously view the results side by side," writes the team.
Beyond UWP, v2.0 also introduces two new packages: Microsoft.Toolkit and Microsoft.Toolkit.Services, which are built with .NET Standard and support any platform with .NET Standard 1.4 and above.
The Bing Service is the first API to go cross-platform and there is currently work underway to move more services to the new packages. Microsoft commits to support more cross platform APIs in future releases.
Highlights of other several large additions and updates:
- Added InAppNotification control – a control to show local notifications in app
- Added TextToolbar control – text editing control that enables easy rich text and Markdown formatting
- Updated Expander to support all orientations and added LayoutTranformControl from the WinRT XAML Toolkit
- Updated Menu to support underline characters, orientation and many other improvements