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Windows Template Studio 1.2 Available, Now Accepted into .NET Foundation

Windows Template Studio

Windows Template Studio, makes it easier and provides guidance to create new projects that target the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), today received an update as the version 1.2 of tool is now available with acceptence into the .NET Foundation.

In this release, the major new feature is adding content into an existing application with Right-click add. This version also adjusts ordering of templates based on popularity and logical groupings, simplifies descriptions and adds prompts and process improvements.

It uses a dev-friendly wizard to quickly scaffold a new UWP app, bringing together the pages, frameworks and features.

Microsoft also shared improvements currently in building for future builds, including:

  • Fluent design in the templates
  • Project Rome features as options for your project
  • Ink templates
  • Improved Right-click->add support for existing projects
  • Localization in the wizard
  • Full accessibility supported in both wizard and in the templates
  • Visual Basic support

To get an update, if you already have the tool installed, the Visual Studio should auto update the extension. Should you need force update, just go to Tools->Extensions and Updates. Then go to Update expander on the left and you should see Windows Template Studio in there and click “Update”

For those first time installing the tool, should head over to https://aka.ms/wtsinstall and click “download” and double click the VSIX installer.

Windows Template Studio 1.2
Windows Template Studio 1.2

Also, Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services update deployed this week, includes new visual release definition editor that allows you to see the flow of your release through environments.

“In the coming sprints, we’ll be adding views that visualize in-progress releases in a similar way,” CVP Cloud Services says.

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