For experienced developers, announcements at Build 2021 around Windows include the preview for Project Reunion 0.8. Project Reunion grants access to modern Windows technologies with the best of existing desktop (Win32) features, Microsoft said. This updated version includes down-level support to Windows 10 version 1809 and .NET 5 support.
This summer, The Microsoft Store will sell Snapdragon Developer Kits, which are Windows on ARM-based PCs for developers. The goal from Microsoft and Qualcomm is to allow more developers to port Windows apps to support ARM64 natively with hardware that is less expensive than consumer notebooks. The kits are Windows PC reference devices based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c compute platform.
The Windows search bar will soon gain the ability to find apps and files not just on the web, but in tools including Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics 365.
A preview of Windows Terminal 1.9 is now available, Microsoft said. A new feature called Quake Mode allows quick opening of a new terminal window from anywhere in Windows with a keyboard shortcut. Users also no longer need to edit a JSON file.
Now in general availability is Microsoft Edge WebView2 for Win32 C/C++, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Forms and WinUI 3. WebView2 is meant to give developers access to web-based experiences in their native apps, according to Microsoft. Developers can use the Microsoft Edge web browser and the Chromium open-source codebase to render apps. WebView2 is also decoupled from the operating system (OS) allowing use with any supported version of Windows.