Microsoft shuts down Windows App Studio, focusing on Template Studio


Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is finally ending its web application development tool, Windows App Studio. No need to be alarmed because the Redmond giant has already prepared a replacement.

The Windows App Studio started out as a Windows Phone app. It then morphed and became available for PCs and the end goal was to include Xamarin for true cross-platform applications.

However, the tech giant kills it and replaces it with Windows Template Studio, which is an extension for Visual Studio, rather than a web application.

“Windows Template Studio is the evolution of Windows App Studio,” the Windows Applications team said in an official post. “We learned from the existing code generation engine and wizard to provide a solid foundation for our code generation and development experience in Windows Template Studio. Better yet, it’s open source.

And while the Windows Apps team is dimming the lights for Windows App Studio, the transition to the new platform won’t be sudden.

Starting July 15, no new users will be able to join the Windows App Studio website. However, the existing user will have sufficient time to download their completed applications. By September 15, the app publisher is expected to stop working and a full platform shutdown is expected by December 1, 2017.

“We want to directly thank each and every one of the Windows App Studio users and we want to make sure that you have a smooth transition when the Windows App Studio service ends on December 1, 2017,” said the Windows Apps team.

And just in case you’re wondering whether or not you need to pay, you’ll be happy to know that Windows Template Studio is free and available for use with Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition.

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