Microsoft has announced version 0.64 of React Native for Windows, its open source project for React Native developers wanting to target Windows. Among the new features is easier opt-in for Facebook’s JavaScript engine Hermes.

Microsoft announced React Native for Windows at Build 2019 as a new open-source project on GitHub under an MIT License for React Native developers wanting to target Windows.

Microsoft’s fork, React Native for Windows, adds support for the Windows 10 SDK, enabling devs to build apps for all devices supported by Windows 10 including PCs, tablets, 2-in-1s, Xbox, Mixed reality devices etc. It is described as an “updated, high-performance” implementation which, like the original, is for writing cross-platform code in JavaScript with a native feel.

This is great news for React Native coders as it will give them an easier way of tapping into the Microsoft ecosystem and create cross platform apps easily.

The new release also improves API parity with the Facebook version, with more component properties supported by other platforms now working on Windows, such as Text backgroundColor, border, and textTransform. An initial version of AccessibilityInfo is now available.

React 17 is the default supported version, and there are changes the default metro configuration to enable “inline requires”, meaning this release is faster at startup by default.

Other improvements include a new workflow that makes it easier to create community modules for Windows by using a built-in template; the ability for native code to respond to the React native instance being created, loaded, or destroyed; and a new WebSocket stack.

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