.NET MAUI Release Candidate 2 Adds Tizen Support
Only two weeks after .NET Multi-platform App UI (.NET MAUI) RC1, Microsoft has shipped RC2, highlighted by new Tizen support.
.NET MAUI is Microsoft's evolution of Xamarin.Forms in that it adds desktop support in addition to iOS and Android mobile targets. It was supposed to ship with .NET 6 last November but "slipped the schedule," with the dev team playing catch-up ever since in a series of previews including RC1 that shipped April 12 with go-live support. It's expected to hit General Availability status next month.
Release candidates generally are focused on cleaning up remaining issues and polishing things up for GA, but this one adds support for Tizen, an open source, standards-based software platform for multiple device categories, including smartphones, tablets, TVs, netbooks and more. Specifically, that support comes with Tizen.NET, an advanced way to develop applications with .NET technology for Tizen OS.
"Tizen.NET has long enabled .NET applications to run on millions of Samsung TVs, phones, and other devices running Tizen. Today, Tizen joins Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows as one of the target platforms you can reach with .NET MAUI," said principal program manager David Ortinau in today's (April 26) announcement.
"Visit the Tizen.NET introduction to get started," Ortinau continued. "While the platform support is part of .NET MAUI SDK and we've added the scaffolding for Tizen to the .NET MAUI template project, the required workload dependencies are distributed through a separate installation experience maintained by Tizen." Ortinau's post includes links to Tizen.NET examples.
Otherwise, the RC2 release notes show some 112 "What's Changed" items. RC1 had more than 200.
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