which controls can I use in UWP apps? .Net? XAML? Only the Special UWP controls?
Currently, the only Infragistics controls that are officially supported on the UWP platform are the community preview UWP controls that we have released. You can download a Trial of these CTP UWP controls here: https://www.infragistics.com/products/universal-windows-platform.
Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns on this matter.
Thank you Andrew!
I think the real problem is to decide which platform, which technology to use for desktop apps.
We have WinForms, but always more developers say they are dying. WPF and XAML is apparently better (or only) good for the browser. Using Silverlight is compulsive but it's also dying, isn't it. And the UWP is new and half-baked. Even Microsoft provides only a very small set of controls for their favorite technology.
But how could we achieve the look and feel of a modern Windows 10 desktop app?
There are different controls for all platforms, but you can never use them at all. The biggest amount of controls is available for WinForms.
I know the InventoryManagement sample from Infragistics. This is built with WinForms controls to imitate a Windows 10 app. Is this what we want?
WPF uses XAML and UWP uses XAML. Why not use one control-set for both? What is the future and how will it be supported?
While you are correct that both WPF and UWP use XAML, we don't currently use a single control-set for both as the architectures between writing WPF controls and UWP controls differs quite a bit. They are different frameworks, and as such, will not work the same. It is possible that we may port some of our WPF controls to UWP in the future, but this is uncertain at the moment.
At the moment, for desktop apps, I personally feel that out of the platform options that you have listed, I would focus the most on WPF and the least on Silverlight, as Silverlight is essentially dead at this point. Behind WPF, I would recommend Windows Forms and then UWP, as you have mentioned that UWP is sort of "half-baked" at the moment. Given, Microsoft does seem to feel that UWP is the future, and so I would recommend also keeping an eye on that.
Regarding achievement of the look and feel of a Windows 10 desktop app, the best option for this at the moment is UWP, but being that UWP hasn't really reached maturity yet, this look and feel can certainly be imitated, as shown by the InventoryManagement sample for our Windows Forms controls.
If there is a particular WPF or Windows-Forms control that you would like to see ported to UWP in the future, I would recommend suggesting a new product idea for this by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This will place you in direct communication with our product management teams who plan and prioritize upcoming features and development based on community and user feedback.