Microsoft Edge WebView2 gets updates for UWP and more

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  • Microsoft Edge WebView2 is a powerful tool that lets developers embed HTML, JavaScript, and other web technologies in native applications.
  • The Edge WebView 2 preview supports additional options for Microsoft .Net
  • Visit the Microsoft Build 2020 for the complete coverage of the event.
  • To explore Edge and similar apps further, check out our browsers hub.
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Microsoft Edge WebView2 is a powerful tool that lets developers embed HTML, JavaScript, and other web technologies in native applications.

During the first day of the Build 2020 event, it has emerged that the control has got new options for development in .Net and UWP (WinUI 3.0).

Microsoft Edge WebView2 updates

The Edge WebView2 preview now enables you to work with WinForms. This open-source GUI is a component of the Microsoft .Net Framwork.

Today, we’re expanding the preview with new options for .NET and UWP (WinUI 3.0) development, enabling you to embed a Chromium-based Edge WebView in WinForms, WPF, and UWP (WinUI 3.0) applications.

Also supported is the embedding of the preview in WFP and UWP applications.

The announcement is music to the ears of developers that prefer a hybrid application approach. Now, they do not necessarily have to choose between creating web and native apps.

With the Edge WebView2 control, they can reuse the bulk of their code on pretty much any platform. They will still be able to tap into the full capabilities of native applications.

Other Edge devtools updates

Microsoft announced that it is working on enhancing the accessibility of Edge extensions at its online store.

The improvement focuses on making it easier for developers to deliver Chromium-based extensions into the Microsoft store. The second objective is to streamline the in-store experience for Edge end-users.

As such, Edge adds-on site will feature new categories and better ways to look up and find extensions. Additionally, Microsoft wants to add a visually-appealing layout to the store.

Microsoft Edge began shipping earlier this year. Since launch, it has been receiving enhancements catering to the interests of both users and developers.

A recent upgrade to the browser’s devtools allows developers to create solutions in up to 10 localized languages, including Japanese and Russian.

What is your experience with Microsoft Edge WebView2? Feel free to share it or ask any question in the comments section below.