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Discover what you missed at .NET Conf 2023 and stay updated with the latest developments in .NET MAUI.

.NET Conf 2023 has successfully concluded. If you’re a dedicated .NET MAUI developer, staying abreast of the latest innovations in .NET 8 for .NET MAUI is crucial for your career. Whether you missed .NET Conf 2023 or simply want a recap, this article provides a concise summary of the key points discussed by Maddy Montaquila and David Ortinau in their session titled “What’s New in .NET MAUI | .NET Conf 2023.”

Growth of .NET MAUI

Hello .NET MAUI 8 - Top 2: Active Github users in dotnet and most active in .NET Foundation, Top 5: Most active C# repo on Github October 2023

Great news! .NET MAUI is rapidly gaining popularity. 💪 As evidenced by the chart above, it ranks second in two key areas. Firstly, it boasts a high number of active users on GitHub within the dotnet community and it is the most active in the .NET Foundation. Additionally, our repository ranks among the top five most active C# repositories on GitHub as of October 2023.

Here are some impressive stats from GitHub:

  • There have been over 1600 PRs
  • Over 600 issues closed in .NET 8

This is just a sample of the excellent work that Microsoft and the community have done to continuously improve the tool.

But that’s not all. If we look at the graph on the right, the red line represents the star history of .NET Core on GitHub, while the blue line is .NET MAUI. This indicates that .NET MAUI is experiencing significant growth year after year!

Customers Using .NET MAUI

Customers using .NET MAUI - corporate logos including 3M, UPS and Fidelity Insurance

When introducing a new client to an unfamiliar framework, it’s common for them to question its reliability based on others’ experiences. Demonstrating successful implementation of .NET MAUI in popular customer applications is an excellent way to showcase its dependability. If a client is still unsure, such evidence can underscore the framework’s effectiveness and our commitment to it.

Moreover, the proof is right at home 🏠: Microsoft itself uses .NET MAUI in its own applications as you can see in the following image, which is truly exciting!! 🌟🚀

.NET MAUI at Microsoft: Microsoft 365 Admin, MS Azure, Store Commerce

.NET MAUI in .NET 8—What’s Improved?

.NET 8 introduces many enhancements for .NET MAUI. Below, I outline how these improvements have been categorized:

.NET 7 vs. .NET 8

Let’s highlight the performance quality of .NET 8!

In the following demo, observe the navigation between different screens: Windows on the left and Mac on the right. For each platform, the app running on .NET 7 is displayed first, followed by .NET 8.

Notice the significant difference in memory usage: In .NET 7, memory consumption gradually increases, whereas in .NET 8, it decreases substantially.

GC.GetTotalMemory():.NET 7 VS NET 8

.NET Offers Choice for Developers

The great thing about .NET MAUI is that these improvements apply not only to native MAUI apps, but also to any MAUI hybrid apps, whether they’re with Blazor or otherwise.

.NET offers choice for developers - on the reach end of the spectrum: Blazor for Websites and PWAs; Blazor + .NET MAUI for Hybrid; .NET MAUI for Native on the depth end of the spectrum

Exploring Hybrid Applications with Blazor

Numerous customers have successfully launched hybrid apps with Blazor, in various stores by transforming their web applications for desktop use. The image below presents a diagram that visually explains how this process works, along with a summary of the key features.

Native app container and embedded controls, fully native web UI through platform web view, multi platform with Maui abstractions, no Internet required, store distribution and reach. Blazor with razor components uses BlazorWebView and goes to .NET MAUI with native APIs. WinUI to Windows, Mac Catalyst to macOS, iOS to iOS, Android to Android.

For a more in-depth understanding of creating applications with Blazor, I highly recommend watching the .NET Conf session titled Build Hybrid Apps with .NET MAUI.

Desktop Development

The release of .NET 7 introduced several appealing features for desktop applications, including tooltips, pointer management and right-click context menus.

The introduction of .NET 8 brought additional desktop features designed to enhance the user experience. These include:

Custom Keyboard Accelerators

Keyboard accelerators

Keyboard accelerators enable us to create shortcuts for our application’s features. As shown in the image, they are associated with a menu and require a simple structure for integration. Essentially, you need a Key to denote the shortcut letter and a modifier to execute the action, all achieved using the KeyboardAccelerator tag.

I encourage you to delve deeper into this functionality with the MS article or my own post.

Drag & Drop Gestures

Drag & Drop

Pointer Gestures

Now, effortlessly identify PointerPressed and PointerReleased gestures, opening up incredible possibilities for performing more complex calculations. Check out the GIF below to witness the rapid processing of this data in action.

Pointer gestures - Bar encourages user to hover. Changes color to green and says, 'Thanks for hovering me! Now press me!' Changes color to blue and says, 'Thanks for pressing me! Now release me!' Changes color to yellow and says, 'Thanks for releasing me! Press me again or leave me.'

😮 Exploring the Desktop App: A Live Demo

Furthermore, Maddy and David presented a desktop application (image below) that merges various functionalities from .NET 7 and .NET 8. This example illustrates the power and creativity achievable when creating applications with .NET MAUI.

Some prominent features include Drag and Drop, Cursor Look and Feel, a blend of behaviors, and keyboard accelerators, among others. This serves as an excellent example of a highly functional and user-friendly application built on .NET MAUI!

.NET MAUI Desktop Demo

Let’s Continue with Feature News

Right-to-left (RTL) Improvements

Right-to-left (RTL) Improvements: 'Creating right to left layouts in .NET MAUI is now a reality thanks to .NET 8. Visual elements are perfectly arranged and carousels work great now.' – Leo, UX Divers

The enhancements made from .NET 7 to .NET 8 are quite impressive. The image shows a comparison of an app in .NET 7 and another in .NET 8 using Right-to-Left, demonstrating a significant improvement in user experience. This feature was improved thanks to the feedback from the community.

If you’re unfamiliar with Right-to-Left, I suggest delving into it. It can aid in designing more effective interfaces and enable your multilingual application to support RTL languages.

And Last But Not Least …

Here is a list of other important news and improvements in .NET 8 for .NET MAUI.

Last but not least slide references fixes related to (more than 20 topics)

I encourage you to explore these interesting topics further on the official Microsoft portal for .NET MAUI.

.NET 9? 👀

On to .NET 9 slide with illustrated race car driven by .NET MAUI mascot

The planning for new features of .NET 9 is already underway! What are the established goals?

  • Increase delivery velocity of bug fixes
  • Reduce build times
  • Improve runtime performance
  • Support more native desktops experiences
  • Improve hot reload
  • Swift Interop
  • Add more documentation and samples

Additionally, the Microsoft team highly values community feedback as it helps identify areas for improvement. Don’t hesitate to contribute to these positive changes by leaving your feedback here:


Haven’t Migrated to .NET MAUI Yet?

.NET Upgrade Assistant for Xamarin Projects

For those who haven’t adopted .NET MAUI, consider using the .NET Upgrade Assistance for Xamarin Projects. The Microsoft team continues improving this tool. Check out the following article for more in-depth information on this topic!


We’ve completed the recap! 🌟 Impressive, right? 🤩 In this article, you have learned a significant amount of valuable information that we can now apply to our .NET MAUI applications. I hope you found it helpful and I encourage you to explore each of the topics further!

I invite you to explore some additional links related to .NET 8:

Happy coding! 🙌🎉


This article was based on the official dotnet channel:

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About the Author

Leomaris Reyes

Leomaris Reyes is a Software Engineer from the Dominican Republic, with more than 5 years of experience. A Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer, she is also the founder of  Stemelle, an entity that works with software developers, training and mentoring with a main goal of including women in Tech. Leomaris really loves learning new things! 💚💕 You can follow her: Twitter, LinkedIn , AskXammy and Medium.

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