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UWP Community Toolkit 1.1 Enhancements

One month after release, there's already a slew of fixes and enhancements that are responses to user feedback to the toolkit. Also, it's now a .NET Foundation project.

Microsoft's Windows Development Team has an update to the Universal Windows Platform Community Toolkit, one that mainly has quality improvements based on user feeback received on the Github site and via the Store Samle App, according to Giorgio Sardo, a senior director with Microsoft's Windows Development group, in a blog post.

The UWP Community Toolkit is a library of helper functions, custom controls, and app services that works on top of the Windows 10 SDK for building UWP apps targeting the Windows 10 platform.Version 1.1 is a point release since the debut of Version 1.0 a month ago.

Sardo highlights some of the more interesting enhancements, including service provider support for LinkedIn and Microsoft Graph, and updates to its Facebook (can retrieve albums and photos) and Bing (Bing News retrieval, additional languages) services.

New among the XAML controls added is a BladeControl, used for hosting blades within a container; GridSplitter, which allows customized row and column resizing within a Grid control; and DropShadowPanel, which allows for a customizable drop shadow on any XAML FrameworkElement.

Also new is a FadeHeader behavior that fades out when a user scrolls through a ListView or GridView UIElement.

A more comprehensive list of enhancements and fixes is in this Github document here.

Sardo also notes that UWP Community Toolkit, with this release, is now an open source project being managed under the .NET Foundation. (As of this writing, it had yet to be listed on the projects page.)

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