What’s New in 10.1 Berlin Update 2?
Today sees the release of RAD Studio 10.1 Berlin Update 2 – Anniversary Edition. Here is a quick overview of what is new in 10.1 Berlin Anniversary Edition for Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio. Also check the links at the bottom for more online resources.
Package your existing VCL code today ready for the Windows Store!
By far the biggest thing in this release for me is the ability to package existing VCL applications ready for use in the Windows 10 Store. Embarcadero is leading the market in enabling developers to reach this massive market place. With the “bring it with you mantra” we take for granted, many other developers are looking on in envy as they see that RAD Studio / Delphi / C++Builder don’t have to start from scratch to get into the Windows Store! – Awesome!
Windows Store support is available thanks to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that introduced the Windows Desktop Bridge. The Windows Desktop Bridge (previously know under its project name Centennial) enables developers to take existing applications based on the Windows API and package them as UWP applications (or appx packages) to be distributed directly to Windows users or to be distributed (and sold) via the Microsoft store.
Marco Cantu has already done a great blog post on Packaging and Reaching the Windows Store with an existing Delphi Application, including links to what you need to do to get started.
Developer Productivity in 10.1 Berlin Update 2 – Anniversary Edition
One other very cool feature added in Update 2 is Quick Edits. Quick Edits increase developer productivity by speeding common tasks in the VCL Form Designer. You can easily build forms, add new components and change their properties, customise layout, connect data sets & sources, and more.
New VCL Calendar Control
If getting to millions of new customers via the Windows Desktop Bridge and Windows Store, and enhanced IDE productivity enhancements isn’t enough, then two new VCL controls come in to support those already created in 10 Seattle. This makes reaching the new UI of Windows 10 exceptionally easy, while maintaining backward compatibility to older versions of Windows!
New VCL and FMX Styles for Windows 10
Finally, there are new styles that are added in 10.1 Berlin Update 2 – Anniversary edition that enhance the look and feel of existing applications.
More on Anniversary Edition
For more details on Anniversary edition check out
- 10.1 Berlin Update 2 – Anniversary Edition on Embarcadero.com
- Special Offers (including up to 20% discount before the end of November – Act now!)
- CodeRage – 15th – 17th November
- Marco Cantu’s Blog on Update 2 Anniversary Edition
- DocWiki Online Release notes for Update 2
- Latest on C++ Rename Refactoring – Read David M’s Post?