The Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK will definitely make many developers happy. The update brings the long-awaited Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 as well improved APIs that make it easier than ever for devs to create more natural ways of app interaction.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK makes Windows more open for all developers by providing them with the tools they need to create better Windows apps. At the same time, Redmond hopes that devs will make Windows their home, no matter what platform they build for.
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Microsoft supports cross-platform app development solutions with the help of three tools:
- Desktop Bridge, also known as Project Centennial: Millions of developers using Win32 and .NET are now able to modernize their existing apps and access the benefits of the Universal Windows Platform and the Windows Store.
- Bash Shell on Windows: Devs can now download Canonical’s Bash shell directly from the Windows Store to natively run native Bash and GNU/Linux command-line tools directly on the new Windows Subsystem for Linux.
- Improved Tools and Bridges for iOS and Android Developers: Xamarin tools are now built-in into Visual Studio. Also, the Windows Bridge for iOS allows iOS developers to bring Objective-C code into Visual Studio and compile it into a UWP app.
Microsoft hopes the new tools will make Windows more popular among developers. After all, the Windows ecosystem is thriving, with more than 350 million monthly active users waiting to get their hands on the new apps.
You can download the Anniversary Update SDK from Microsoft’s page.
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