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Windows 10 Insider Preview Now Supports Only Visual Studio 2017

A new build released this week will only "formally" support Visual Studio 2017, and even then, there are issues -- it's a preview, remember? Also, an updated UWP Community Toolkit 1.5 add and updates a handful of controls and services.

Microsoft this week released a new build of the Windows 10 SDK that works with the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232 that now "formally" supports Visual Studio 2017. Even then, developers may run into issues, as these bits are still in preview.

For example, this post from Microsoft Senior Technical Program Manager Clint Rutkas notes on issue having to do with controls not rendering in the Visual Studio Designer Window when trying to view the XAML in any version of VS; those controls will render only when using the VS 2017 15.3 Preview version. Rutkas also notes compilation errors when targeting non-Windows platforms and when building a WRL project that contains a WinRT component. Rutkas' note contains workarounds for these issues.

Besides these issues, the release is mainly a fix-and-update release. "The Preview SDK Build 16232 contains bug fixes and under development changes to the API surface area," writes Rutkas. He lists the API additions in the post, as well as APIs removed.

To get access to the updated SDK, developers must be members of the Windows Insider program. For details, go here.

On a related note, the Windows Development team earlier this month released an update to its UWP Community Toolkit. The toolkit contains a slew of controls and services that are meant to work across the spectrum of devices that can run UWP-enabled apps.

A few highlights of the recent version 1.5 update: Menu control is highly adaptable per device, and now provides a hierarchical list; a new ItemsControl called OrbitView provides for a view of element orbiting a central element; a XAML-based RadialProgressBar control that displays values in circular sections in a clockwise manner until the value reaches 100 percent as full ring; a BluetoothLEHelper class for connecting to Bluetooth LE devices.

Details of these and other controls and services are in this release note on GitHub.

About the Author

Michael Domingo is a long-time software publishing veteran, having started up and managed developer publications for the Clipper compiler, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. For 1105 Media, he managed MCPmag.com, Virtualization Review, and was Editor in Chief of Visual Studio Magazine and host of The .NET Insight Podcast until 2017. Contact him via his photography Web site at http://domingophoto.com.

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