Windows Template Studio

Another Windows Template Studio update has arrived with wizard improvements and more.

Microsoft has launched version 1.3 of Windows Template Studio, an update to the Visual Studio extension that brings improvements across the board.

With the latest update, Microsoft continues to make improvements to the wizard, as well as default Windows theme support for templates, and much more. Here's a look at all of what's new according to the release notes:

New Feature:

  • Scheme to launch app (aka myAwesomeApp://myDeepLinksIntoMyApp?foo=bar)

Template improvements:

  • Default Windows theme support added to template
  • Files are now UTF-8 with BOM to make sure all cultures are supported
  • Accessibility support in templates

Improvements to the Wizard:

  • Accessibility support in Wizard drastically improved
  • Lots of under the hood bug fixes and code improvements
  • All needed parts for localization are built-in now (looks like we missed window to get actual localized files)
  • Initial VB engine work was added in.
  • Bug fixes

Process improvements:

  • StyleCop enforcements across Template and Wizard code bases
  • Appveyor added for pull requests to be sure we have proper continuous integration checks
  • Required work for .NET Foundation

In future updates, Microsoft says to look forward to Fluent Design to arrive for templates, Visual Basic support, and much more.

Windows Template Studio is taking the place of Windows App Studio, a web-based tool for easily creating apps without the need for coding knowledge. Windows App Studio will be fully retired on December 1.

If you already have the Windows Template Studio extension installed in visual Studio, you should be able to update now. Otherwise, you can pick up Windows Template Studio at Microsoft now.