We're currently getting ready for the upcoming content releases but we do have a few new things to share.

Social and Windows Developer Communities

We recently integrated with all up Windows group on Facebook.  To access and like the Developer pages, click on the "More Social" or "What's new" link then select developer from the tabs that appear. Clicking the "like" icon will sign you up for Windows developer announcements that are made on Facebook. You can also still subscribe to us over the Windows desktop developer twitter account.

Forum Renames

This week, we renamed a number of the Windows desktop developer forums.  If you're used to the old names, the changes are very minor.  The following list summarizes the updates to names:

 Old Name

New Name

Application
  Compatibility for Windows Development

Application
  Compatibility for Windows Desktop
  Development

Developing
  Applications with Power Management

Developing
  Windows Desktop Applications with
  Power Management

Development
  for Windows Accessibility and Automation

Windows Desktop Development for Accessibility and Automation

DirectShow
  Development

DirectShow
  Development

General
  Windows Development Issues

General
  Windows Desktop Development Issues

Ink,
  Windows Touch, and Tablet PC Development

Windows Desktop Development for Ink, Touch, and Tablet PC

Media
  Foundation Development

Media
  Foundation Development for Windows Desktop

Microsoft
  Message Queuing (MSMQ)

Microsoft
  Message Queuing (MSMQ)

Network
  Monitor

Windows Desktop Network Monitor

Optical
  Platform Discussion

Windows Desktop Optical Platform Discussion

Peer-to-Peer
  Networking

Peer-to-Peer
  Networking for Windows Desktop

Security
  for Applications in Microsoft Windows

Application Security for Windows Desktop

Sidebar
  Gadget Development

Windows Desktop Sidebar Gadget Development

User
  Interface development for Windows

User
  Interface development for Windows Desktop

Visual
  C++ General

Visual
  C++ General

Visual
  C++ Language

Visual
  C++ Language

Windows
  Debugging

Windows
  Desktop Debugging

Windows
  Desktop Search Development

Windows
  Desktop Search Development

Windows
  Desktop Search Help

Windows
  Desktop Search Help

Windows
  Filtering Platform (WFP)

Windows
  Filtering Platform (WFP)

Windows
  Imaging Component

Windows
  Imaging Component (WIC)

Windows
  Perfmon and Diagnostic tools

Windows
  Desktop Perfmon and Diagnostic tools

Windows
  Pro-Audio Application Development

Windows
  Desktop Pro-Audio Application
  Development

Windows
  Ribbon Development

Windows
  Desktop Ribbon Development

Windows
  SDK

Windows
  Desktop SDK

Windows
  Vista Wireless SDK

Windows
  Desktop Vista Wireless SDK

Windows
  WDK and Driver Development

Windows
  Hardware WDK and Driver Development

Windows
  Web Services API (webservices.dll)

Windows
  Desktop Web Services API
  (webservices.dll)

Windows
  XP Wireless SDK

Windows
  XP Wireless SDK

Winsock
  Kernel (WSK)

Windows
  Desktop Winsock Kernel (WSK)

 You can see the full current list of Windows desktop developer forums on MSDN now - feel free to let us know what you think about the current list of forums.

 Building Windows 8

The Building Windows 8 team released a new blog post covering updates and improvements to the file explorer and file operations experience. This has been their most commented on post yet, it's great to see the excitement building from Windows enthusiasts.

How-To Topics

We have mentioned this before, but we've been hard at work on creating plenty of How-to topics that give you quick solutions to specific problems.  The following link shows an example:

In the future, we'll try and create a search query that finds all the how-to topics but the right metadata has not yet been published.

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