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6.0.0 release blog post

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+    name: Jan Piotrowski
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+title:  "Cordova Windows 6.0.0 Released!"
+categories: announcements
+tags: news releases
+We are happy to announce the release of `cordova-windows 6.0.0`. 
+This is a major release that changes functionality you might rely on, so 
please make sure to read the following list of changes:
+## Changes
+- **Windows 10 / UWP** builds are now default, meaning `cordova build windows` 
will now build a Windows 10 UWP app by default. Windows (Phone) 8.1 is still 
supported of course, just use `cordova build windows -- --appx=8.1-win`, 
`cordova build windows -- --appx=8.1-phone` or an equivalent configuration 
+- You can now build apps with a current installation of **Visual Studio 2017** 
(`15.5.x` at the time of writing) without any additional configuration or hacks 
(like the environment variable `VSINSTALLDIR` that was required for 5.0.0).
+    * Note: [Visual Studio 2017 doesn't support Windows 8.1 apps any 
 so you can only build these apps with Visual Studio 2015 installed.
+- New **ENV variable `MSBUILDDIR`** allows to directly configure the MSBuild 
Tools to be used to build the app. While `VSINSTALLDIR` always has been a hack 
that accidentally also worked to switch between different MSBuildTools 
versions, we now we this functionality explicit:  Just set the ENV var to a 
your desired MSBuild folder (e.g. `C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual 
Studio\2017\Community\MSBuild\15.0\Bin` or `C:\Program Files 
(x86)\MSBuild\14.0\bin\`) and it will be used to build your project. 
+    * If you have Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2015 installed at the 
same time, the normal logic would always choose Visual Studio 2017's MSBuild 15 
- and fail on a Windows (Phone) 8.1 project. If you set the environment 
variable MSBuild 14, it can successfully build your 8.1 apps.
+    * If the supplied path is invalid or doesn't contain a working MSBuild, 
the normal MSBuild selection logic will be triggered
+- Fixes several bugs
+## Installation
+As usual this new version will be added as the default `cordova-windows` 
version only with the next release of Cordova CLI. Until then, please use these 
commands to remove and re-add the `windows` platform:
+cordova platform rm windows
+cordova platform add windows@6.0.0
+### Known limitations
+As it's often the case, the 6.0.0 release of cordova-windows is not perfect 
and has some known limitations:
+- If you only have Visual Studio 2017 installed on your machine, you can not 
build Windows (Phone) 8.1 apps.
+- "Windows 10 Phone emulator is currently not supported. If you want to deploy 
to emulator, use Visual Studio instead."
+- [Some `build`]( and 
[requirements error 
messages]( are a bit 
+## Feedback
+If you encounter problems with this new version, you can use the [GitHub 
issues of the `cordova-windows` 
repository]( to do so now. 
(`cordova-windows` is the first Apache Cordova repository on GitHub that 
enabled issue tracking. Yay!)
+## Open questions
+Working on this update showed how much code is there to support other platform 
variants beside Windows 10 desktop.
+TODO refine 
+- Is Windows 8.1 support still needed or would it make sense to get rid of 
_really_ much code and do a 7.0.0 release that drops support for that?
+- Windows 10 Phone? Still relevant?
+- Where should the project move? What is missing? What should be supported? 
What do you need?
+Please help us decide how to further develop `cordova-windows` by answering 
these questions below in the comments. Thanks!
 Review comment:
   or maybe in cordova-windows issues?

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