Windows apps will get improved web views thanks to Chromium support

Mariella Moon
·Associate Editor
·1 min read

The WebView2 technology for Win32 C/C++ applications is now generally available for developers, Microsoft has announced in a blog post. As Thurrott notes, WebView2 is built on the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge unlike its predecessor, which was based on the company’s defunct proprietary browser engine. That means it uses the new Chromium-based Edge browser technology as a rendering engine to display the web content, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, developers embed in their native applications.

Microsoft first announced that it’s releasing WebView2 as part of Project Reunion at Build 2020 back in May when it made its preview version available. The technology’s general availability, the company says, gives developers “access to the latest web tech in both existing and new apps.” It added: “WebView2 lets you combine the ease and agility of developing for the web with the power of building a native desktop application.”

That said, the technology’s general availability is only for Win32 C/C++ apps across existing Windows versions — WebView2 for .NET is expected later this year, while the one for WinUI 3 (a framework developers can use to add modern menus and toolbar styles to any app) will be out after WinUI 3 itself comes out of preview in 2021.