Microsoft Edge WebView2 is making its way to users of .NET under general availability this week. Users of .NET 5, .NET Core, and .NET Framework WinForms and WPF can access the new tool through Windows 10.
WebView2 was initially launched in preview at Build 2020 earlier this year. If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Edge WebView2, it is a developer tool that allow dev's to integrate web content into their applications.
With WebView2, users can create custom web-based app elements or full Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). Like Microsoft Edge, the service runs on Google's Chromium engine. A year ago, Microsoft sent out the SDK for WebView 2 to Windows 10 Developers.
“We want to thank all of our early users and developers that engaged with us throughout the WebView2 Preview period. The tremendous amount of support and enthusiasm we've received from the community has been unparalleled. Constant feedback, bug reports, and feature requests have helped shape the WebView2 product roadmap and we look forward to continuing to respond to the needs of the community.”
The new tool comes with some important new features for developers to tap into. For example, WebView in 32-bit now works within 64-bit Windows machines. Other changes include the ability to disable the dev tools and status bar.
Microsoft wants users to easily access WebView2 features so will develop new add-ins for Office applications. All updates for WebView2 will be delivered through Microsoft Edge.