Put Windows apps on the web with Uno

Want to use UWP XAML controls on the web? Uno’s WebAssembly brings Windows UI controls to your browser

Put Windows apps on the web with Uno
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There’s a lot of focus on WebAssembly at the moment, as an alternative to JavaScript and as a way of delivering more-complex, more-powerful user experiences in progressive web applications and inside cross-platform JavaScript-hosting frameworks such as Electron. But there’s one place it falls down: There’s little scope for delivering desktop-like user interfaces.

Microsoft’s experimental Blazor is one option, although it works with embedded Razor C# and ASP.Net’s web controls, making it hard to have the same code running everywhere. In looking at WebAssembly and .Net I came across another approach, building on Microsoft’s open source tools and targeting the web with not only familiar Windows development tools but also familiar ways of working.

Introducing Uno: Universal Windows Platform in the browser

Uno is an intriguing alternative to using Xamarin for cross-platform application development. Like Xamarin it’s a way of using C# and XAML to render controls on any device. Unlike Xamarin it doesn’t rely on reimplementing Windows controls in its own XAML, to either use native features or to render a set of mobile-first forms that still require delivering a separate Windows UI. Instead it takes familiar UWP controls and delivers them to a browser via WebAssembly.

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