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.NET MAUI release candidate comes with “Go Live” support

.NET MAUI, Microsoft’s late “evolution” of Xamarin.Forms, shipped as a Release Candidate with “go live” support for production-ready applications.

The .NET cross-platform app UI is behind schedule as it was supposed to ship with .NET 6 last November, but “delayed the schedule” with the development team catching up on a series of previews since then. .NET MAUI is expected to reach general availability status next month.

The cross-platform development framework evolves mobile-centric Xamarin.Forms with support for Windows and macOS desktop apps, adding support for the Android and iOS platform SDK. This opens up several new approaches to building apps, including Blazor Hybrid for building an interactive client-side web UI with .NET in an ASP.NET Core app.

So, it has over 40 layouts and controls, including all Xamarin.Forms UI controls as well as new ones such as BlazorWebView, Border, GraphicsView, MenuBar, Shadow, and Window.

.NET MAUI
[Click on image for larger view.] .NET MAUI (source: Microsoft).

Now developers who have been waiting about five months for production-ready .NET MAUI tools can get it with the new Visual Studio 2022 v17.2 Preview 3 by making sure “.NET MAUI (preview)” is checked under “Mobile Development with .NET Workload” when installing.

Sample podcasting app running on Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows
[Click on image for larger view.] Sample podcasting app running on Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows (source: Microsoft).

Microsoft has already used it to build the .NET Podcasts – Sample App (shown above) on GitHub, running on Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows while showcasing both the native app UI as well as the aforementioned Blazor Hybrid. In response to a reader’s question, Senior Program Manager David Ortinau even said that he hopes there will be a strong temptation for the Office mobile app development team to move from React Native to .NET MAUI over time. that this last offer will mature.

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