Windows Template Studio 1.2 released with improvements to the Wizard and more

Microsoft today announced the release of Windows Template Studio 1.2 with improvements to the wizard, new What’s new prompt, improved templates and more. Microsoft also noted that Windows Template Studio has been accepted into the .NET Foundation, joining other open source projects like .NET Core, Roslyn, and UWP Community Toolkit. Find the full change log below.

Improvements to the Wizard:

  • Add new content to existing WTS generated projects in your solution window via right-click
    • We will be working toward seeing how we can enable this for non-WTS generated projects
  • Adjusted ordering of templates based on popularity and logical groupings
  • Under the hood, we’ve done a lot of work toward localization and started some accessibility improvements
  • Simplified descriptions
  • Logo adjustment to help at smaller icon sizes

Feature updates:

  • First-time load prompt
  • What’s New prompt

Template improvements:

  • Upgraded references to UWP Community Toolkit 1.5
  • Styling adjustments
  • Template generation post-action improvements

Process improvements:

  • Added in pull request template
  • Added in Issue template

In the future releases, Microsoft is planning to add Fluent design in the templates, Project Rome features as options for project, Ink templates and more.

Windows Template Studio is an evolution of Windows App Studio which was an online app creation tool that allowed anyone to quickly build Windows Universal Apps. Windows Template Studio in Visual Studio will make it easier for developers to create new projects that target the Universal Windows Platform. You can find it here on GitHub.

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