What is Actually the Universal Windows Platform and what is WinUI, MSIX, and Project Reunion?

This morning I got a wonderful message from a very smart and great person who watched my latest Pluralsight course, Fundamentals of Building .NET Desktop Applications. The course explains the .NET UI frameworks Windows Forms, WPF, UWP, WinUI (including Uno platform), and .NET MAUI in an overview and shows how to build your first .NET Desktop Apps for Windows with WinUI, WPF, and Windows Forms. The structure of the course is like this:

  • Knowing the UI frameworks for .NET Desktop Apps
  • Creating Your First WinUI App
  • Building Your First WPF App
  • Writing Your First Windows Forms App
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Calling WinUI from Blazor App Hosted in WebView2

In the previous blog post you learned how you can use JavaScript Interop to call from your WinUI application into your Blazor application that you host in the WinUI app in a WebView2. So, this was just the direction WinUI to Blazor.

But can you also call from the hosted Blazor app into your WinUI app?

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Hosting a Blazor App in WinUI 3 with WebView2 and call a Blazor Component Method from WinUI

WinUI 3.0 is Microsoft's upcoming UI framework to build modern, native Windows applications.

WinUI is developed open source on https://github.com/microsoft/microsoft-ui-xaml

Last week WinUI 3.0 alpha 2 came out, and Microsoft introduced a WebView2 control that is based on Microsoft Edge Chromium. That means you can run all the modern, awesome web stuff in that WebView2 control if you want.

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