As you may recall, WinUI 3 is about user interface improvements that will be a major part of Windows 10’s much-anticipated design update. WinUI is also important for Microsoft’s Project Reunion, a project designed to bring modern UWP APIs and features to desktop applications (Win32). WinUI is already available across Win32 and UWP, but with winUI 3 updates, it’s getting better and better and is expected to be released in spring 2021 (Q2/3).
WinUI is considered the developer’s native UX platform and is delivered separately from the operating system, which means it can be updated frequently based on community feedback. As we reported earlier this year, some references to “WinUI” have recently appeared in windows 10 previews. These early designs were later removed from the preview, but this suggests that Microsoft may have re-dressed the start menu and operations center with WinUI’s philosophy. Microsoft has now released WinUI 3 Preview 3 for developers, which adds support for new features, including drag-and-drop capabilities in the development environment.
According to the roadmap, the company has released three previews of WinUI 3, which will be considered ready early next year.
It’s worth noting that the final version of WinUI 3 will also support Windows 10X, Fluent Design’s Reveal effect, title bar customization, and more. In addition to using the current Windows.UI.XAML, the Start Menu and Operations Center will also use the WinUI component.
Windows 10’s Start Menu and Action Center are already using The Fluent Design, but winUI implementations bring more significant tweaks to beautify the UI. Windows 10’s WinUI will provide users with a “consistent and intuitive” experience, and it will also provide support for fillets. Windows 10 21H2 updates, WinUI and other improvements will be available to consumers in the second half of 2021, according to reports.