Windows 7 introduced a number of new end-user features that make using applications easier, and since then, developers have asked us for more prescriptive guidance on "How do I use those in my applications?"

"Hilo" is an effort by the team to provide just that.

"Hilo" provides a set of articles and samples that will arrive over the coming weeks and describe the design and implementation of a set of touch-enabled Windows applications that allow you to browse, select, and work with photos and images.  Below is the Hilo Browser's image carousel and media pane:

Here, you can see the image contents of a folder.

The articles will cover key Windows 7 technologies, describe how they are used together to create a compelling user experience, and will detail the design and implementation of the applications themselves.

The Hilo articles are applicable to both managed and native developers.  They provide written guidance that will help you design and develop compelling, touch-enabled Windows applications of your own. The sample code is in C++ and freely available and shows how to use the APIs in the context of a real application.

Check out the first article on the "Hilo Browser" here.