Microsoft introduces open source UWP Community Toolkit to simplify app development

Arif Bacchus

Universal Windows Platform Apps

Microsoft has taken to an official blog to announce that the company has released an open source UWP Community Toolkit. The project is all part of the company’s efforts to enable the developer community to collaborate and contribute new capabilities on top of the existing Windows Store SDK for Windows 10.

Overall, Microsoft designed the UWP Community Toolkit with simplified app development, open source, and alignment with the SDK in mind. Additionally, the first release of the toolkit includes features such as Toast, Blur and fade animations, adaptive grid view, Twitter and Facebook service, Storage file, and helpers control.

Along with the Toolkit, Microsoft also is releasing a UWP Community Toolkit Sample App through the Windows Store, which will help developers preview the toolkit capabilities before using the SDK. The toolkit, though, can be used by any new or existing UWP application written in C# or VB.NET.  It also can be used to build apps for any Windows 10 device, be it a desktop PC, tablet, mobile phone, Xbox, or even Hololens.

So, for the complete details on the Toolkit, and instructions on how to use or contribute it, please check out this official Microsoft web page. After you’ve got that done, be sure to come back to WinBeta and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!