What Windows 11 means for developers

Microsoft’s announcement of Windows 11 covers a lot more than an operating system. It sets a direction for Windows application development for the next several years, with a new Windows Store and, more important, a new set of policies for application distribution. Other aspects of the launch include a name for Project Reunion, new WinUI 3 controls, and a new set of material UI elements as part of Windows’ Fluent UI model.

Under the hood, Windows 11 builds on the same Windows-as-a-service model as Windows 10. Insiders using the Dev branch of builds have already been using much of the underlying Windows 11 code, only without its new chrome. The 2xxxx series builds have proven compatible with most Windows applications, so there should be little to worry about with existing code and the new operating system.

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