.NET Core 3 and Support for Windows Desktop Applications

App Center Team

At Microsoft Build Live today, we are sharing a first look at our plans for .NET Core 3. The highlight of .NET Core 3 is support for Windows desktop applications, specifically Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Framework (WPF), and UWP XAML. You will be able to run new and existing Windows desktop applications on .NET Core and enjoy all the benefits that .NET Core has to offer.

We are planning on releasing a first preview of .NET Core 3 later this year and the final version in 2019. We will be looking for developers to partner with us, to give us feedback, and to release versions of your applications in the same timeframe as our releases. We think that .NET Core 3.0 will be one of the most exciting .NET releases we’ve ever released.

ASP.NET Core will continue to move forward in parallel and will have a release with .NET Core 3.0. Our commitment to web and cloud applications remains unchanged. At the same time, it’s time to add Windows desktop applications as another supported workload for .NET Core. We have heard many requests for desktop applications with .NET Core and are now sharing our plan to deliver on that. Let’s take a look at that.