Microsoft unveils Project Reunion 0.8 at 2021 Build conference

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  • Microsoft developers presented a preview version of Project Reunion 0.8.
  • This software includes down-level support for Windows 10 version 1809 and up.
  • Project Reunion will bridge the gap between the Win32 and UWP apps.
  • The tech company stated that it will also include support for .NET 5 applications.
Microsoft Project Reunion 0.8

As part of the 2021 Microsoft Build, Microsoft developers made another announcement that made users everywhere stir with delight.

A preview version of Project Reunion 0.8 was presented as everyone held their breath in anticipation of what is to come in the near future.

Project Reunion 0.8 was presented at Microsoft Build 2021

After launching Project Reunion 0.5 in March, Microsoft now unveils that 0.8 version of this important piece of software, which includes down-level support for Windows 10 version 1809 and up.

For those who don’t already know, Project Reunion aims to make it easy for Windows app developers to use APIs on both Win32 and UWP development platforms

What Microsoft foresaw is for Project Reunion to be the go-to framework for creating Windows apps, bridging the gap between the Win32 and UWP apps, by calling them all Windows apps.

With Project Reunion, you get access to modern Windows technologies and new features, plus the best of existing desktop (Win32) features. You get coherent, modern interactions and UX with WinUI 3 – and great system performance and battery life for your apps.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the Project Reunion 0.8 preview so you can create and modernize your Windows apps seamlessly for both client and cloud endpoints. You can build experiences optimized for device hardware with hassle-free app discovery and management and future-proofed for Arm64.

The 2021 Build presentation features support for WinUI 3, as well as WebView2, both bringing modern technologies that allow the app developers to update their apps with state of the art interfaces, or simply use Microsoft Edge’s rendering engine for web-based content.

Project Reunion 0.8 supports .NET 5 applications

Also worth taking into consideration is that Project Reunion 0.8 will include support for .NET 5 applications. This means that there will also be support for Windows Presentation Foundation, as well as Windows Forms apps.

The new unpackaged app support preview in Project Reunion. allows you to use AppLifecycle, MRT Core, and DWriteCore in your unpackaged (non-MSIX) apps, according to the Microsoft blog post.

This represents excellent news for all the app developers out there, as their lived and work just got a whole lot easier.

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