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Microsoft Launches New Windows 10 SDK Preview with MSIX Support

The Windows 10 SDK latest preview comes with MSIX support to allow developers to pack applications in MSIX on the SDK.


A week ago, rolled out Preview Build 17704 with major changes for Microsoft Edge and Skype. Now the company is back with a new Preview for Build 17704 of greater. This release comes with bug fixes and changes to the API surface area.

As normal, the new release works with previously released Windows 10 SDKs and Visual Studio 2017. It is worth remembering that Windows SDK is now supported exclusively through VS 2017. This is a Redstone 5 preview update, so is only available from Windows Insiders at the moment.

The Preview SDK can be downloaded from developer section on Windows Insider.

In terms of what's new, Microsoft has added MSIX Support, something developers have been asking for. Applications can be packed in MSIX on Windows 10 SDK for any device running build 17682 or later:

To package your application with MSIX, use the MakeAppx tool. To install the application – just click on the MSIX file.”

Changes have also been added to the C/C++ ETW code generation of mc.exe (Message Compiler). Microsoft says it will remove the “-mof” in future releases of Windows 10 SDK. If you are unfamiliar with the parameter, it instructs MC.exe to generate ETW code to make it compatible with Windows XP.

You can check out the full technical details of the change on the Windows Blog post.

Build 17704 Edge Improvements

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Preview Build 17704 last week. The main part of the update was focused on Edge browser imprvoements. Among the improvements were more Fluent Design elements added to the experience.

This included a redesigned menu Settings section. For the first time, settings options are grouped together into separate categories. This will make finding intricate settings easier for users. The update also introduced customized toolbar items to the browser, so users can set out toolbars how they want.

Luke Jones
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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