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Robert asked on 12 May 2015, 06:56 PM

Microsoft is recommending that we port or re-write all of our Silverlight applications (not just apps for mobile devices) to Windows Universal applications. However, it appears that some of the discussions on this forum still consider Windows Universal as a platform for developing apps only on mobile devices, not full-sized, keyboard/mouse enabled applications. I don't believe that is Microsoft's intention, especially after using the Windows 10 Preview. Windows 10 has one combined desktop that runs both old style apps (Windows 7 apps) and new style apps (Windows Universal apps) side-by-side in resizable windows, and all of the apps will run in either Desktop mode or Tablet mode (depending on the hardware). It also has a "Windows Store For Business" that allows companies to manage all of the apps that their employees will be allowed to run.

Will Telerik be porting all/most of their Silverlight controls to Windows Universal (e.g., Tree View, Pdf Viewer, Spreadsheet, Docking, and the dozens of other controls)? My company has a very large Silverlight application that is designed primarily for full-sized desktops, and it uses a lot of Telerik's Silverlight controls. We are currently in the planning phase of a multi-year effort to re-implement the entire Silverlight application as a Windows Universal application. However, it concerns me that many of the discussions are about mobile devices only.

What are Telerik's plans related to implementing the full suite of Silverlight UI controls in Windows Universal?

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Kiril Stanoev
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answered on 18 May 2015, 07:42 AM
Hi Robert,
Sorry for the delayed reply. It does make sense to enable the Silverlight controls for the Windows Universal runtime. Due to runtime differences though such task has to be approached carefully. I'm wondering, which controls from the Silverlight suite are most critical for your transition to Windows Universal? I'd be glad to continue the discussion further.

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answered on 22 May 2015, 01:57 PM

Hi Kiril,

Thanks for the reply. The most urgent controls for Windows UI are the TreeView, GridView, and Charts. Since it appears that you already have some support for GridView and Charts, that leaves the TreeView as the biggest missing item. To get started on our new Universal UI application, we will also need some layout and navigation controls such as Docking, OutlookBar, Menu, ContextMenu, and Window, although I suspect I might be able to build or find an alternate approach if necessary for some of those. Finally, to round out our detailed functionality, we will be looking for Spreadsheet, PdfViewer, and PropertyGrid controls.

Thanks,

Bob

 

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Kiril Stanoev
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answered on 28 May 2015, 11:50 AM
Hello Robert,
Thanks for sharing. 
The DataForm/PropertyGrid is going to be released with the Q2 2015 release of UI for Windows Universal. Other than that I'd suggest you cast your vote on the following backlog items:

Windows

PDF Viewer

Spreadsheet

TreeView

Docking

OutlookBar

Context Menu

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