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The New .NET Multi-platform App UI

With .NET 6 previews starting right around the corner, it is time to start getting excited for the new .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI) that was announced at BUILD 2020. This year of .NET has a lot of amazing things for client application developers. Let’s review the highlights and set your expectations for the year ahead.

.NET 6 planning and execution is happening in the open, and we have a beautiful website that summarizes our GitHub epics and user stories across all of .NET. Visit themesof.net and search on Xamarin to see the high-level details.

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.NET 6 and Mobile SDKs

At the heart of this release is the unification of the Xamarin SDKs into .NET. Xamarin has always been a part of .NET, but now it ships as a core workload, shares the same base class library as other workloads like Blazor, and adopts the modern SDK Style project system for consistent tooling experiences. No longer is Xamarin some other thing that is like .NET or has some dependency on .NET, but it IS .NET. This will be made clear as you see the naming aligned in our documentation and product pages as we approach release.

Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS are now additional platform targets you can reach with .NET, so we will refer to them as .NET for Android and .NET for iOS. Those SDKs themselves are .NET bindings to the native SDKs from Google and Apple respectively, and thus no renaming takes place in their API surface.

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