June 30, 2017 10:00 am

Windows App Studio being sunset

We want to directly thank each of the users of Windows App Studio and we want to be sure you have a smooth transition off when Windows App Studio service ends on December 1, 2017. What will happen to App Studio afterwards? Windows Template Studio is the evolution of Windows App Studio. We took our learnings from the code generation engine and the existing wizard to provide a strong foundation for our code generation and developer experience in Windows Template Studio. Best of all, it is open source over at http://aka.ms/wts.

Details on the transition

Windows App Studio has been a free, online app creation tool that allowed enthusiasts and developers to quickly build complete Windows Universal Apps. Applications using Windows App Studio then could also be downloaded, extended and compiled with Visual Studio and submitted to the Windows Dev Center.

Any user of Windows App Studio will need to download your projects and data prior to December 1, 2017.

We’ll provide multiple email communications with users between now and December 1, 2017, but we want to be upfront and clear that you have a path forward to continue building great apps for Windows 10. We’re doing a phased approach with the sun setting process. Here are the three critical dates:

  • July 15, 2017
    • Only existing users can sign in
    • Finished application projects can be downloaded
    • No new dynamic collections data sources allowed to be created
    • Dynamic data will be allowed to be downloaded with a migration path provided
  • September 15, 2017
    • Application editor will stop working
    • Dynamic collections API will stop providing data to your existing applications
  • December 1, 2017
    • Windows App Studio will be shut down

Once again, we want to thank each of the users of Windows App Studio, and we view the smooth transition for users critical.

Updated June 30, 2017 10:00 am

Join the conversation

  1. Hi.
    What’s going to happen with the libraries created by the Windows AppStudio Team? For example WindowsAppStudio.Uwp, WindowsAppStudio.DataProviders. Are they going to be retired?

  2. For a moment I thought you were referring to the Visual Studio resource editor, also called App Studio, and fully integrated since 1994 (VS 2.0) ????

  3. Very disappointed to know about this. Will try out the Template Studio but sad to see this go.

  4. I was very disappointed after read about this. What would be done with libraries build by the Windown AppStudio Team. Are those going to be expired..!
    Also here i can see that, Few of my friends are discussing in comment section that, They will moved all their resources to some other projects. Is it true, Expert please do confirm here ..! Thanks You


  5. Excuse me, please I’ve registered as a windows phone developer on app studio but when I access the windows insider I can’t get any preview builds. Please l need help.