Remember when I highlighted the UWP Community Toolkit, Do you UWP? Then you’ll want this…? How I stated that if you build UWP app’s, you HAVE to get it?

Well it looks like the community really did “get it!” Not only downloading it, but actually contributing to it too. And that has powered the latest release, v1.1…

Announcing UWP Community Toolkit 1.1

Today we are releasing the first update to the UWP Community Toolkit. To see the updates, first:

In under a month since the first release, we are humbled by the positive feedback we have received so far and are excited to see all the contributions the community has made, including:

  • 39 community contributors
  • 188 accepted pull requests
  • 173 issues closed
  • 678 stars
  • 159 forks

Here’s a summary of what’s new in V1.1:

  1. .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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Documentation. As the project joins the .NET Foundation, we moved the documentation to a new location, directly connected to GitHub.


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Getting Started with the UWP Community Toolkit

The toolkit is available as NuGet packages that can be added to any existing or new project using Visual Studio.

  • 1) Download Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 with Windows developer tools and the Windows 10 SDK. Important: Ensure you choose the custom install option and select the Universal Windows App Development Tools.

  • 2) Open an existing project, or create a new project using the Blank App template under Visual C# -> Windows -> Universal. Important: Build 10586 or higher is supported by current version of the Toolkit.

  • 3) In Solution Explorer panel, right click on your project name and select Manage NuGet Packages. Search for Microsoft.Toolkit.UWP, and choose your desired NuGet Packages from the list.

  • 4) Add a reference to the toolkit in your XAML pages or C#

  • a. In your XAML page, add a reference at the top of your page xmlns:controls="using:Microsoft.Toolkit.Uwp.UI.Controls"

  • b. In your C# page, add the namespaces to the toolkit
    using Microsoft.Toolkit.Uwp;

  • 5) You can copy and paste code snippets for each feature from the UWP Community Toolkit Sample App.

Head over to UWPCommunityToolkit and give it a go!

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