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Microsoft releases Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16225

Microsoft is releasing today the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16225, which developers can now use in conjunction with the preview build 16226 that rolled out last week to Fast Ring Insiders. The latest Preview SDK build brings some bug fixes and “under development changes to the API surface area,” and Microsoft added that it’s only supported by Visual Studio 2017 and greater.

You can get more details about the changes below:

Things to note:

• This build works in conjunction with previously released SDKs and Visual Studio 2017. You can install this SDK and still also continue to submit your apps that target Windows 10 Creators build or earlier to the store.
• The Windows SDK will now formally only be supported by Visual Studio 2017 and greater. You can download the Visual Studio 2017 here.

Known Issues

Designer fails to render: When viewing the XAML in the Designer Window in Visual Studio, the controls fail to render. This can be resolved by using Visual Studio 2017.3 Preview.
Compilation fails on non-Windows 10 platforms: When building apps on previous platforms, you may get a build error: This will occur if the minimum target platform version is set to 10.0.16225.0. To work around this, right click on your project file and choose properties or open your project file in your favorite editor, and change the version to a previous released SDK.

Breaking Changes

API Updates and Additions

When targeting new APIs, consider writing your app to be adaptive in order to run correctly on the widest number of Windows 10 devices. Please see Dynamically detecting features with API contracts (10 by 10) for more information.

You can download this latest Preview SDK from the developer section of Microsoft’s Windows Insider website, and you can also submit feedback and get updates about the known issues on the company’s developer forum.

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