Google announces Flutter for Windows, a big app development update

Janmey Solanki

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Google announces a significant update to Flutter to make building apps for Windows easier.

Flutter supports building apps for Windows.

The major new feature for Flutter 2.10 that Google has announced is solid support for Windows apps. The intention is to provide Windows developers access to the same level of capability and productivity as mobile developers. Developers may therefore use Flutter to create desktop apps that target Linux, iOS, Android, and the web.

Teams from Microsoft also made contributions to the project. Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Windows Developer Platform, Kevin Gallo, stated, "We are delighted to see Developers for Flutter are sharing their knowledge on Windows and the Microsoft Store. We're excited to see what you bring to Windows, and support for Flutter on Windows is a huge step forward for the community!

Good to know: It's useful to note that Flutter has beta support for Linux, Windows, and macOS; however, stable support for Windows is the newest.

Why does Google optimize Flutter for Windows?

Google explains: “Desktop apps aren’t just mobile apps running on a bigger screen. They are designed for different input devices, such as a keyboard and mouse. They have resizable windows that often run on a widescreen. There are different conventions for critical elements such as accessibility, input method editors, and visual style.

Another reason for this Flutter update for Windows: the firm specifies that PC applications also use different APIs from those running on Android or iOS.

Real cross-platform development possibilities with Flutter

Rolling out in March 2021, Flutter 2 now allows developers to build apps for any platform: iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as web experiences targeting browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge. Google’s framework is free and open source.

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