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One of the biggest features of the latest release is the ability to use third-party components and add-ons to extend CSHTML5’s functionality, according to Albani. Extensions include WebSockets, Print, File Open Dialog, File Save, Mapping Control, ZIP Compression and more. Developers also have the option to create their own extensions. Any extensions submitted to the company before June 15 using CSHTML5’s Professional Edition will be entered to win a free Professional Edition perpetual license and one year of free updates.
The solution’s new styles and templates functionality allows developers to customize their built-in controls using XAML’s advanced styling features.
CSHTML5 is expected to be released from beta in August or September of 2016.
Developers can expect the next version to include expanded support for Silverlight and WPF features such as ChildWindow, animations, implicit styles, improved compilation performance, enhanced Chart controls, and improved WCF.
“For the last couple of years, we have been steadily releasing major new versions every eight to 12 weeks, and we will continue to do so in the foreseeable future,” said Albani.
The full road map is available here.