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-layout: post
-    name: Jan Piotrowski
-    url:
-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 buil [...]
-    * 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!
-## Curated Changelog
-* [CB-13889]( Allow test 
failures for Visual Studio 2017 environments (#263)
-* [CB-13878]( MSBUILDDIR env 
variable (#262)
-* [CB-13883]( Visual Studio 
2017 support (#261)
-* [CB-13877]( Clean up 
MSBuildTools.js (#259)
-* [CB-13870]( Improve 
check_reqs (#258)
-* [CB-13877]( more env 
information about msbuild and visual studio on appveyor (#257)
-* [CB-13877]( First 
MSBuildTools.js work: Debug output, move misplaced method, comments (#255)
-* [CB-13875]( add `prepare` 
script that can be called in e2e tests (#254)
-* [CB-13817]( Add new alias 
`uwp` for `--appx` param including tests (#251)
-* [CB-13870]( change default 
from UAP to 10.0 (#253)
-* [CB-13829]( Fix tests that 
were broken since [CB-13237]( 
-* [CB-11968]( Add support for 
config-file in `config.xml` (#235)
-* [CB-13799]( updated npm test 
for `cordova-windows`
-* [CB-13812]( run tests on 
AppVeyor with VS 2017 as well
-* [CB-13641]( support 
transparent splash screen background color. (#245)
-* [CB-13175]( fixing Windows8.1 
crash on startup
-* [CB-13422]( (windows) Fix 
typo in build error message
-* [CB-12895]( ignoring 
cordova.js for eslint & removing comments and references to jshint
-* [CB-13237]( Default to UAP
-* [CB-13155]( Improved target 
-* [CB-13022]( Correct a VS 
installation warning during check_reqs
-* [CB-12636]( Fix check_reqs to 
properly find VS 2017
-* [CB-12895]( setup eslint and 
removed jshint
-* Allow build when using --bundle and multiple architectures. This closes #175
-* README: Fix broken Markdown headings
-* [CB-12617]( Removed node 0.x 
from CI
-* [CB-12847]( fixed `bugs` 
entry in `package.json`
-* [CB-12784]( Fixed a crash on 
Windows 10 Creators Update
-* Add support for uap3.
-* [CB-12018]( updated tests to 
work with jasmine instead of jasmine-node
-* [CB-12499]( UWP: Dependent 
external libraries specified as resource-file not being referenced in Release 

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