I’m compiling information for our next Adelaide .NET User Group meetup which is focusing on the launch of .NET 6 and Visual Studio 2022.

.NET MAUI (Multi-platform App UI) was originally announced way back in May 2020 at BUILD 2020, and then updated in a blog post in February 2021. .NET MAUI is an evolution of the increasingly popular Xamarin.Forms toolkit.

We had to wait for preview 3 before more information about MAUI was forthcoming.

Preview 3

  • Windows Desktop Now Supported
  • Updates to Controls and Layouts
  • Semantic Properties for Accessibility

Preview 4

  • BlazorWebView
  • Splash Screen
  • Raw Assets
  • Visual Studio Productivity
  • Ecosystem Readiness

Preview 5

  • Animations
  • UI Components
  • Single Project Templates Updates

Preview 6

  • Workload Installation
  • Gestures
  • Clipping
  • Native Alerts
  • Single Project and Windows

Preview 7

  • New Layouts
  • Accessibility Changes and Improvements
  • Font Scaling

Around this time a blog post was also published highlighting previews of the Community Toolkits.

Preview 8

Coinciding with the .NET 6 Release Candidate 1 releases. This is when the announcement was made that MAUI would not be shipping in November as originally planned. MAUI will stay in preview until into 2022.

Preview 9

Coinciding with .NET 6 Release Candidate 2

  • Updated Controls
  • Borders, Corners, and Shadows – Oh my!
  • Quick Android Startup
  • Ecosystem Controls (DevExpress, Syncfusion, Telerik)