Microsoft just announced the launching of the first version of Edge WebView2, which will allow developers to create new web applications and that comes to replace the old EdgeHTML webview. Already we inform it was a month since this happened and the announcement has come even earlier than expected.
«We are pleased to announce that the new Microsoft Edge Webview2 para Win32 C/C++ it is now available to all and ready to be used in the development of new applications, ”announced the Edge team.
This is the first step of a new option for developers that is part of Project Reunion, Microsoft’s plan to offer more options in Win32 and UWP alike.
Edge WebView2 is made possible by Chromium
What will still have to wait is the WebView2 for .NET, in the scope of Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and WinUI 3. Both are currently in the preview phase: for .NET it is expected by the end of 2020, while for WinUI 3 it will arrive together with the launch of this in 2021.
If any of you are not familiar with these terms, you should know that Edge WebView2 is the new version of Microsoft’s embedded browser. In this way, Windows developers will be able to create Win32 applications taking advantage of the most modern web technologies (and soon .NET and WinUi 3 applications).
In late 2020, Microsoft will release a perfect WebView2 distribution for those with stringent compatibility requirements. Additionally, Microsoft is committed to releasing new versions of WebView2 alongside each new version of Edge (ie every six weeks).