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Microsoft Spooks Windows Desktop Developers By Calling WPF a 'Community Run Project'

Tuesday December 20, 2022. 07:46 PM , from Slashdot
A Microsoft.NET Community standup has left Windows desktop developers wondering what kind of future, if any, the company has planned for its older desktop application frameworks, Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). From a report: A 'what's new' slide for WPF presented by senior program manager Olia Gavrysh last week shows 'Community Run Project' as the first bullet point, causing consternation among attendees. 'Who's happy that WPF is now a community run project? This is soooo scary,' remarked Morten Nielsen, a senior principal engineer at ESRI working on the ArcGIS runtime, for location-based analytics.

The slide was perhaps misinterpreted. It was intended as an update on what is happening with pull requests from the community, rather than meaing that WPF has been handed over to the community. Nevertheless, concerns about the future of the framework are well founded. 'It's not dead. we have a team working on WPF and supporting it,' said Gavrysh, but added, 'we now switch to the model where we accept a lot of PRs [pull requests] from the community because we think of WPF as [a] very mature project so not that much rapid development is happening.'

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