BUILD 2021: WSL now supports GUI apps, Project Reunion and Windows Terminal receive updates, Visual Studio and .NET 6 get new previews

Microsoft has used the first day of its annual BUILD conference to announce a swathe of updates to its Windows development products.

The first announcement is that support for GUI apps when using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is rolling out as of this week.

A preview of the functionality has been available since last month and is designed to allow developers to run their favourite Linux tools, utilities, and apps directly in Windows 10. Last week, Google announced...

Microsoft announces its own LTS build of OpenJDK

Microsoft has announced the preview of its own build of OpenJDK, a free and open-source implementation of the Java SE platform.

The Microsoft Build of OpenJDK is a long-term support (LTS) distribution that includes binaries for Java 11, based on OpenJDK 11.0.10+9, on x64 server and desktop environments on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

In a blog post, Microsoft wrote:

“Microsoft deploys over 500,000 Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) internally – excluding all Azure...

Game developers can have the accessibility of their titles checked by Xbox

Microsoft is launching a new initiative which enables game developers to send their PC and Xbox titles in to be analysed by accessibility experts.

“Where issues are found, they are noted with reproduction steps, screenshots, and other information to help the developer understand what aspect of a given experience may be challenging for certain gamers with disabilities,” explained Brannon Zahand, senior program manager of gaming accessibility at Xbox.

Xbox has been on...

GitHub ‘sincerely apologises’ to Jewish employee fired over Nazis remark

GitHub has issued a public apology directed at a Jewish employee who was fired after making remarks about Nazis.

Following the US Capitol attack from groups with known associations to Nazis and other white supremacists, the employee posted in an internal Slack channel: “Stay safe homies, Nazis are about."

A co-worker complained about the comment–-calling it “untasteful conduct” and not how to describe the rioters.

Speaking to TechCrunch under conditions...

DirectX creator Engstrom dies aged 55, leaving behind a game-changing legacy

DirectX creator Eric Engstrom has sadly passed away at the age of 55, following a career which helped to shape the gaming industry as we know it.

Engstrom created the DirectX gaming APIs in 1994 – alongside Alex St. John and Craig Eisler – to simplify Windows game development and make it the stellar platform it remains today.

The APIs were originally developed for Windows 95. Game developers at the time were reporting they preferred MS-DOS for its low overhead and...

Microsoft’s Project Latte should bring Android apps to Windows 10

A new solution from Microsoft called Project Latte should bring local Android app support to Windows 10.

Windows remains the most popular desktop OS in the world but Microsoft has been unable to attract modern developers in comparison to iOS and Android.

Apple’s Project Catalyst is helping iOS apps move to Mac with native features like resizable windows. Microsoft doesn’t have its own thriving mobile platform it can harness – so it’s been increasing support for...

Microsoft debuts .NET 5.0 after year and a half in preview

Microsoft has debuted .NET 5.0 a year and a half after it was first unveiled, alongside some other important developer products.

.NET 5 was first unveiled back in May 2019 and promised to be the first with a single runtime and framework which can be used to target Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android, tvOS, watchOS, WebAssembly, and more.

Multiple previews have come and gone since .NET 5’s unveiling, but Microsoft took the opportunity to use this week’s .NET Conf 2020...

Source code for the hopefully defunct Windows XP leaks online

Please say you’re not still using Windows XP.

Unlike the code released yesterday by Frictional Games for its Amnesia series, the leak of Microsoft’s source code wasn’t intentional. We can’t endorse looking at stolen code or link to it… but, well, we can tell you it’s out there.

Looking at what makes an OS tick can be a fascinating exercise (and it should leave you less breathless than the exercises that Joe Wicks fella put out throughout...

Hey, Swift developers! You can now build Windows apps

Swift developers can now build apps for Windows using their language of choice.

In a blog post, Swift Core team member Saleem Abdulrasool announced the release of Swift toolchain images for Windows.

The toolchains contain various components required for building and running Swift code on Microsoft’s operating system.

Apparently, it’s taken over a year’s worth of work to port Swift to Windows.

“Porting Swift to Windows is not about simply...

Getting to grips with Microsoft’s Blazor: Key features for interactive web development

Sponsored If you work in the field of interactive web development, you will have seen plenty of writing and discussion about Microsoft Blazor - or indeed are already using it.  But how can you use the framework to its full potential?

Blazor lets developers build interactive web user interfaces (UIs) using C# instead of JavaScript, and is a feature of ASP.NET, the development framework which extends the .NET developer platform with tools and libraries for building web apps. Its...