DevExpress WinForms v23.1 — June 2023 Roadmap

WinForms Team Blog
16 February 2023

This blog post outlines new WinForms-related features we expect to introduce in our first major update this year (v23.1). Should you have any questions about the capabilities outlined below, feel free to submit a support ticket via the DevExpress Support Center.

The information contained within this blog post details our current/projected development plans. Please note that this information is being shared for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and does not represent a binding commitment on the part of Developer Express Inc. This blog post and the features/products listed within it are subject to change. You should not rely or use this information to help make a purchase decision about Developer Express Inc products.

WinForms Lookup Editor – Multiple Item Selection

With our next major update (v23.1), our WinForms Lookup Editor will include a multiple item selection option. Once we deliver this capability, you'll be able to display a checkbox column within the lookup and allow your users to select multiple values using the mouse or keyboard.

Multiple Item Selection - WinForms Lookup, DevExpress

WXI Skin Enhancements

Accent Colors

We expect to update our WXI skin so it changes its colors once end-users make a change to their Microsoft Windows accent color.

Accent Colors - WinForms WXI Skin, DevExpress

Ribbon UI – Office-inspired Enhancements

Our WinForms Ribbon control will include the following new UX options:

  • Search Box Integrated in Form Caption
    You'll be able to display the Search box at the top of your Ribbon form.
  • Show Ribbon
    Display 'Show Ribbon' options on the bottom right of the ribbon. None of the choices are new, just a new way to activate them.
  • Backstage View – Align Items to Top and Bottom
    Bar item settings will include a new alignment option. You'll be able to align bar items to the top and bottom of the Backstage view.
  • Show Alerts in the Message Bar
    The Ribbon control will expose a new API and will allow you to display Office-inspired flyout notifications and alerts.
Office 2021 Inspired Enhancements - WinForms Ribbon UI, DevExpress

WinForms Scheduler & Calendar

Synchronize Appointments with Outlook 365 Calendars

Our WinForms Scheduler control will expose new APIs and will allow you to seamlessly synchronize user appointments with Outlook 365 Calendars (bi-directionally).

Synchronize Appointments with Outlook 365 Calendars - WinForms Scheduler, DevExpress

WinForms Gantt – Timeline

The WinForms Gantt control will integrate a Timeline. Features will include:

  • Multiple Timelines
  • Add/Remove Tasks and Milestones to/from Timeline
  • Configurable Date-Time Range
  • Built-in Context Menu
  • Comprehensive Timeline API
Timiline - WinForms Gantt Control, DevExpress

WinForms Dialogs – Preview Pane

Our WinForms Dialogs will ship with an integrated Preview Pane. Your users will be able to preview PDFs, Office-related documents, text files, images, or play audio files before opening them.

Preview Pane - WinForms Dialogs, DevExpress

WinForms Tree List

HTML & CSS Support for Nodes

The WinForms TreeList control control will feature our newest WinForms innovation – HTML & CSS Support. With this enhancement, you will be able to generate unique custom layouts for TreeList nodes.

HTML and CSS Support for Nodes - WinForms Tree List, DevExpress

Enhanced Performance

We will optimize our WinForms TreeList control to better address important usage scenarios. We expect to enhance data load performance when processing information bound to hierarchical and virtual data sources.

Reusable HTML & CSS Templates

Over the past year, we have received lots of valuable feedback as more developers begin to use our HTML & CSS template engine within WinForms projects.

Our next major update will allow you to save HTML & CSS templates into a gallery. With this new option, you'll create an HTML & CSS template, save the template to the gallery, and use it in any WinForms project when needed.

Our WinForms HTML & CSS Template Gallery will include a set of predesigned templates based on those used in our WinForms demo application set. You will be able to use these templates "as-is" or customize as needed.

Reusable HTML and CSS Templates for WinForms, DevExpress

Accessibility and UI Automation

We will continue to improve Accessibility and UI Automation across our WinForms product line. We expect to support assistive tools and UI automation patterns in our WinForms Scheduler control this year.

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