UWP Community Toolkit

The UWP Community Toolkit has been around for a couple of months now, and Microsoft has been busy working on its first update.

According to the Redmond giant, the team has received some great feedback. Since release there have been 39 community contributions, 188 accepted pull requests and 159 forks.

UWP Community Toolkit v1.1

This release pushes the build number up to 1.1, and comes with some great improvements and features:

  • .NET Foundation. We are excited to announce that the UWP Community Toolkit has joined the .NET Foundation, a vibrant community of open-sourced projects focused on the future of the .NET ecosystem.
  • Updates and new features. The focus of this release is to improve the quality of the toolkit by addressing feedback we received through GitHub and the Store Sample App. Full list available in the Release Notes, including:
    1. Services: added LinkedIn service (i.e. read user profile and share activity), Microsoft Graph service (i.e. send and read emails from UWP via Office 365 or explore Azure Active Directory graph) and updates to the Facebook and Bing services
    2. Controls: added Blade, GridSplitter and DropShadowPanel controls
    3. Animations: new FadeHeaderBehavior
  • Sample app. The UWP Community Toolkit Sample App has been updated to include the new features of this release. The Sample App is the best way to preview the features of the toolkit.
  • Documentation. As the project joins the .NET Foundation, we moved the documentation to a new location, directly connected to GitHub.”

The addition of the LinkedIn service is particularly noteworthy. It roughly aligns with what CEO Jeff Weiner said a couple of weeks ago and points to some of the plans for integration.

The UWP Toolkit’s next version may be more exciting. GitHub’s community has already made significant progress on the next version. According to the v1.2 page, we can expect a HTTP Helper, Windows state triggers, a background helper class and more.

Until then, you can follow Microsoft’s documentation to start with 1.1.