.NET Core 3 to Support Windows Desktop

Note: Everything in this post is my own opinion on the topic. It in no way represents the opinions of any one else or any company. Everything stated here should be taken as simply one person’s opinion.

A big announcement out of MSBuild was the support for Windows desktop applications (Winforms, WPF) on .NET Core 3. This came as a surprise to many because Microsoft had deemed UWP to be the Windows platform of choice. It seems that Microsoft has changed their mind but if you look at the history of Core this really shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

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.NET Core 1.0.0 VS 2015 Tooling Preview 1 Uninstall

With the recent announcement that .NET Core 1.0.0 is officially released, Microsoft also announced that Preview 2 for .NET Core 1.0.0 is available. However to install it you must first uninstall Preview 1 if you have it installed. The issue is that to uninstall you have to have the original setup program. If you go to any current links they will take you to the Preview 2 installer so you are in a catch-22. Fortunately Barry Dorrans tweeted a link to the Preview 1 installer here. So if you need to uninstall Preview 1 first then use that link to get the installer. I also recommend that you keep the Preview 2 installer around for the inevitable uninstall later.