Microsoft has today confirmed .NET 5 Preview 6 is now available. This latest dotnet release brings some interesting new features, alongside some unnamed performance improvements. Probably the standout addition is support for Windows Form on Windows ARM64.
Yes, this means Windows Forms applications now works on Windows 10 on ARM. If you’re unfamiliar with Windows Forms, it is an open source solution framework for building applications in Windows 10. Microsoft has been working on bringing the tool to dotnet for some time.
Until now, Windows ARM64 users could only leverage ASP.NET Core applications. With this new announcement for .NET 5 Preview 6, developers can create Windows Forms apps on Windows 10 on ARM machines like Microsoft’s own Surface Pro X.
However, there are still some gaps. Microsoft says WPF support is not available and is still being worked on. You can check out the new preview for .NET 5 through Windows and macOS installers, Binaries, Docker images, and Snap installer.
In May, Microsoft announced Windows Forms Designer was available for .NET Core projects.
Microsoft announced .NET 5.0 last May as a replacement for .NET Core. Microsoft says .NET 5 will be a merger of classic NET Framework with the open source .NET Core. This will create a single .NET platform, something users of the software framework have been asking for.
This will create a single .NET platform, something users of the software framework have been asking for.
“There will be just one .NET going forward, and you will be able to use it to target Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, tvOS, watchOS, and WebAssembly, and more,” Microsoft said at the time. “We will introduce new .NET APIs, runtime capabilities and language features as part of .NET 5.”