Microsoft has just announced the release of the first version of Edge WebView2, which will allow developers to build new web applications and will replace the old EdgeHTML web view. We already announced a month ago that this would happen and the announcement came even earlier than expected.
“We are pleased to announce that the new Microsoft Edge Webview2 for Win32 C / C ++ is now available for everyone and ready to be used to create new applications,” said the Edge team.
This is the first step in a new option for developers that is part of Project Reunion, Microsoft’s plan to offer more options in Win32 and UWP.
Edge WebView2 is made possible by Chromium
You will still have to wait for the WebView2 for .NET, as part of Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and WinUI 3. Both are currently in the preview phase: for .NET, it is scheduled for the end of 2020, While for WinUI 3, it will arrive with the launch of it in 2021.
If any of you are unfamiliar with these terms, please note that Edge WebView2 is the new version of Microsoft’s built-in browser. In this way, Windows developers will be able to create Win32 applications by taking advantage of the most modern web technologies (and soon .NET and WinUi 3 applications).
At the end of 2020, Microsoft will release a perfect WebView2 distribution for those with strict compatibility requirements. Additionally, Microsoft is committed to releasing new versions of WebView2 alongside each new version of Edge (i.e. every six weeks).