Microsoft WinUI 3/WPF/UWP/Windows Forms/MFC/GDI

  • Win32 (USER32/GDI32)
  • .NET 6 (WPF/WinForms)


.NET Multi-Platform App UI (.NET MAUI)
Graphics Device Interface (GDI)
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
Windows Forms

Windows App SDK
Windows UI Library



What is WinUI?

Was ist Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)?
Tutorial: Erstellen einer einfachen Anwendung mit C# (WPF)
Tutorial: Erstellen Ihrer ersten Anwendung für die Universelle Windows-Plattform in Visual Studio mit XAML und C# (UWP)
Windows UI Library in the Windows App SDK (WinUI 3)

Capability/feature WinUI 3 UWP XAML & WinUI 2 WPF WinForms MFC
Windows app types supported Desktop UWP Desktop Desktop Desktop
Windows versions supported Win10, 1809+

Win11 (all)

Win10, 1703+

Win11 (all)

Windows XP or higher Windows XP or higher Windows XP or higher
Native C/C++
.NET 5 Support
(Chromium-based engine)
✓ * ✓ *
Built-in Fluent Design controls
Built-in support for modern input
(e.g. touch, pen, gamepad)
Uses latest DirectX version for graphics performance
High performance data binding


WinForms vs WPF vs UWP: Expectations vs. Reality


C# Compare Windows Forms vs WPF vs UWP
WinForm vs WPF vs UWP vs Console – The C# Desktop UI Showdown (and the future with .NET 5)

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