If you’re watching what’s going on at //BUILD (and why wouldn’t you be?), you may have seen that UMDF now supports hardware access (via ports and registers) and interrupt handling!  If you haven’t seen it, you can go read more here.

And the other big one.  Something I’ve been begging to get done for years and believe me in all my years at Microsoft it’s been one of, if not the most, commonly requested thing I’ve heard at all the WinHECs, Developer Conferences, Trade Association meetings, etc from you guys. – Visual Studio integration of the WDK.  Even down to templates for UMDF and KMDF drivers!  You know what that means, native Intellisense (not that we haven’t figured out how to do that already), but more importantly, the one thing I couldn’t give you (partly because I couldn’t get the plug in to work across all VS editions) integrated WDK build support. :D

There are still a couple of other very cool things in the UMDF / KMDF space we’ll get to start talking about pretty soon, and for sure I’ll start digging more in to these two as we move closer to the Windows 8 / WDF 1.11 release timeline.

So the blog will be spooling back up with some fun posts in the coming months.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!