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While we are currently finalizing our major new control product 2016.1 versions, we wanted to release a new poll on our site to gauge customer thoughts on the various Microsoft UI platforms.
This input will help to guide our development efforts in the future, so we highly encourage all of you to take a couple minutes and fill it out. It gathers quick input on your thoughts of the WPF, UWP, WinForms, and other platforms.
Thank you for taking the time to give us your valued feedback!
In this quarter, we've focused on completing the Docking/MDI vNext features that have been described in this blog thus far, along with many others, making it the most feature-rich product of its kind for WPF. Docking/MDI vNext is now feature complete and will ship in the upcoming 2016.1 version.
Another set of major work that will be included in the 2016.1 WPF Controls is updates to our theming system. We have fully-implemented seven color options for both the Office 2016-like Colorful and White themes, bringing a total of 14 new themes to the WPF controls. We are moving our Metro themes directly into the Shared library so that Metro Light will now be the default theme for all Windows 8.x and 10 systems. The old Luna/Royale themes that are for XP appearance are being moved into their own separate assembly. Since Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP, moving these themes out reduces the Shared assembly size while still allowing the themes to be utilized programmatically by apps that want them.
Finally, we have been porting the WinRT/XAML controls to UWP and while most of this work is complete, there were unexpected issues introduced by UWP's usage of .NET Native that we had to work with Microsoft to overcome.
The launch of our 2016.1 versions is just around the corner that will contain massive enhancements described for WPF per above.
We will also continue wrapping up the UWP controls. Please write our support address if you are interesting in help beta test them.