Some organizations are already supporting the milestone release, designed to simplify Windows desktop development, with "ecosystem technologies." Here's an update on what's out there now and what's coming.
The Eclipse Foundation has taken over the Open VSX Registry, described as a vendor-neutral alternative to Microsoft's Visual Studio Marketplace site that includes thousands of extensions for the company's open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor.
Microsoft shipped a production-ready Project Reunion 0.5, which for the first time contains tooling for WinUI 3 desktop applications that are forward-compatible with future releases.
For .NET coders targeting Windows, the choices boil down to more traditional XAML-based solutions or newer options based on web tech.
Microsoft this month announced its Azure Functions -- for serverless cloud computing -- now supports .NET 5, a November 2020 umbrella offering that followed the .NET Core series of open source, cross-platform releases, which supplanted the old .NET Framework.
The latest update to the Azure SDK adds Mixed Reality and Event Grid client libraries for .NET to the cloud platform's dev tooling, along with Java Azure Core library and other features.
Amazon Web Services announced a developer preview to ease the process of deploying .NET web apps on the cloud platform, which has become more complex with the advent of tech like Docker and serverless joining the ever-growing .NET ecosystem.
Updates to Microsoft's AI/ML tooling highlight recent developments in the .NET dev world, which include PeachPie 1.0 (PHP in .NET) and new performance monitoring support for Xamarin.
A Microsoft project demonstrates a .NET 5 Blazor upgrade by powering a digital variation of the old Rock, Paper, Scissors hand game.
Visual Studio Code developers who subscribe to Insiders builds of Microsoft's Python extension now have access to improved support for the Jedi language server, which provides specific "smarts" for the language.
A new .NET Standard Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) library heads the list of new features in the Windows Community Toolkit, which just shipped in version v7.0.
Microsoft's data dev team recently shipped Entity Framework Core 6.0 Preview 2, which comes a couple months after a survey surprised them with indications many developers are sticking with tech that can be more than 10 years old.
Microsoft's Java on Visual Studio Code dev team added a new experimental welcome page that presents a tour of important features for using the popular code editor with the popular programming language.
Microsoft and Uno Platform have teamed up to highlight the cross-platform app development capabilities of their respective dev tooling offerings.
Razor and Blazor received some dev attention in the second preview of Microsoft's .NET 6 landmark release, coming in November to wrap up formerly disparate .NET components into one cross-platform, open source framework for just about any kind of application.
The second preview of Microsoft's game-changing .NET 6 release is out, adding support for Apple Silicon chips along with an early implementation of .NET MAUI, an evolution of the Xamarin.Forms mobile-centric framework that adds desktop app support.
In an expansive effort to point its developer tooling at everything from the cloud to mobile to web to IoT to gaming to whatever, Microsoft may have neglected one obvious target: Windows. So here is Project Reunion, bridging Win32 and UWP.
Microsoft recently warned developers that .NET Core 2.1 won't be supported after Aug. 21, after previewing a new .NET Upgrade Assistant.
"We want the handbook to feel like the first recommendation you give for learning TypeScript."