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In October 2019 we published a top-50 list of reasons to use Uno Platform. Since then, we’ve had 18 releases so, it’s about time we update the list. Here is the new top-50 list, in no particular order – all of them are great. There are lots of new list additions while retaining some of the gems from the initial list:
Use XAML in our VS Code plugin to write WebApps
There is a Pluralsight course on Uno Platform, accessible even with a 10-day Pluralsight trial.
We made your favorite NuGet Package Explorer into a WebApp!
We ship a new version every 6 weeks (8 per year). Your updates come in fast!
Never write Objective-C again
Never bootstrap an app from scratch anymore – use Uno.Extensions for common tasks like serialization, navigation, reactive UI and more.
Vibrant community of over 250 contributors, of whom 25 are Microsoft MVPs
Reminder – it is It is Open Source and Free – under Apache 2.0
Build cross-platform apps that natively support touch, mouse, keyboard, and pen
Uno Platform apps are pixel-perfect, all while allowing you incredible choice for rendering UI.
One codebase – 6 different platforms – need we say more?
It’s popular – 2,000,000 downloads on NuGet.
Udemy course on Uno Platform is free
No XAML needed if you don’t want it – Enjoy a Flutter-like UI development experience with C# and .NET Hot Reload by using C# for Markup
We ship with day-0 support for WinUI / WinAppSDK. Be at the forefront of WinUI and the future of Microsoft UI developer stack
We also ship as close as possible to .NET – both official releases and previews so you can always use the latest and greatest .NET ecosystems has to offer.
It is mature and battle-tested on hundreds of apps built over the past 8 years
Uno Platform Docs are 37 Great Gatsby’s long.
Our CTO Jerome Laban Live- codes on Twitch every week
We give back – we sponsor .NET Foundation, .NET Conf and dozens of user groups around the world. OSS community FTW!
It can help port code from 20 years ago to iOS, Android, Web and macOS – like we did with the Windows Calculator
It supports Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
Mix and Match XAML controls and Native components at will
We made sure it is sustainable in the long term via professional support for those who need it
It allows you to leverage your existing C# and XAML skill set to build apps for iOS, Android, Web, Linux and MacOS.
It comes with Uno Toolkit – a set of higher-level UI Controls designed specifically for multi-platform, responsive applications
Syncfusion wrote a free book on it – Uno Platform Succinctly.
Balance your WebAssembly app size and performance using Interpreter, AOT or a mix of both
Works with Visual Studio 2017 / 2019 / 2022, Rider, VS Code. If you insist on developing on Mac, it works on Visual Studio for Mac too, but in our opinion, you lose a lot of the dev loop benefits by not being on a Windows box
Two Microsoft MVPs – Matt Lacey and Marcel Wegner wrote a book on it – Creating Cross-platform C# Applications with Uno Platform
It gives back to the community – not only the code but it supports other OSS projects, user groups and conferences and sponsors community coding competitions.
Our Figma Material Toolkit comes with fully blown eCommerce App
Reuse your favorite MVVM pattern on all platforms
XAML for UI is a mature & well documented technology – you’ll always find an example suiting your needs
Start designing and developing your app before knowing which platform you’ll need to target
You can put an image in a button, in a button
Uno Platform provides SkiaSharp support for WebAssembly
Do 95% of the work without using iOS or Android at all. Yes, even to test.
Do most of your mobile dev work without even needing an emulator (=> productivity), without needing to touch a provisioning profile and without needing a MacBook
You can contribute to Uno with full confidence that you’re backed by our test suite
No more passing around Android Context in every method just to be able to actually do something
You can run SQLite, Entity Framework Core in the browser. Promise.
It has XAML Hot Reload on all platforms!
Unified UI testing using Xamarin.UITest and Selenium
For those new to Uno Platform – it allows for creation of pixel-perfect, single-source C# and XAML apps which run natively on Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, Linux and Web via WebAssembly. It offers Figma integration for design-development handoff, and a set of extensions to bootstrap your projects. Uno Platform is free and Open Source (Apache 2.0) and available on GitHub.
To upgrade to the latest release of Uno Platform, please update your packages to 4.4 via your Visual Studio NuGet package manager! If you are new to Uno Platform, the best way to get started is to follow our official getting started guide. (5 min to complete)