Microsoft Edge WebView2 is Now Generally Available

Posted on October 19, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Dev, Microsoft Edge with 9 Comments

Microsoft announced today that its the first version of its Chromium-based Edge WebView2 developer technology is now generally available.

“We are excited to announce that Microsoft Edge WebView2 for Win32 C/C++ is generally available and ready for use in production applications,” the Microsoft Edge team announced. “With today’s announcement, we are officially releasing a forward-compatible WebView2 SDK along with production-ready WebView2 Runtime. These can be used in any Win32 C/C++ application, and are supported across existing Windows versions.”

What’s not available yet, however, is WebView2 for .NET—meaning Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)—and WinUI 3. Both are currently in preview; WebView2 for .NET is expected by the end of 2020 and WebView2 for WinUI 3 will ship whenever WinUI 3 is released in 2021.

For those unfamiliar, WebView2 is the new version Microsoft’s embedded web control. Now built on the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge, WebView2 lets Windows app developers access to the latest web technology in existing and new desktop apps. (And, soon, .NET and WinUI 3 apps.) Today, developers can deploy WebView2 using a so-called evergreen distribution model in which it is always kept up-to-date automatically by Microsoft. But by the end of 2020, Microsoft will make a fixed distribution version of WebView2 available for those with strict compatibility requirements.

Going forward, new releases of WebView2 will be released alongside new versions of Microsoft Edge every six weeks.

You can learn more about WebView2 from the Microsoft Docs website.

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