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With the release candidate of Windows 7 publicly available soon, we thought you might like a sheet that helps you decide which features of Windows 7 to incorporate in your application.
Windows 7 Features
· Scenic Ribbon
· Enhanced Taskbar
· Gadgets Enhancement
Richer desktop application experience
Office Automation / Knowledge Management Application
· File Formats
· Native Code Support for XPS Document
More convenient for managing Files and Data ; flexible way to compose Office document either via managed or unmanaged code
· Federated Search
After adding Windows 7 compatible Open Search API support to your searchable web application , desktop client can create a Search Connector for that web for one-stop search ; IE 8 provides real-world interoperability with other browsers and compatibility for existing sites, makes Web development faster and easier with built-in developer tools.
Utility Apps such as Security, Network, Download
· Service Hardening, Enhanced Windows Filtering Platform, Trigger-Started Services, Power-aware application API, Distributed Routing Table, Windows BranchCache
Improve the quality of such utility applications from the view of performance, security, power consumption etc.
GPS, Scientific Applications
· Sensor Platform (Location/light/ temperature sensor)
Windows 7 provides a solid, easy-to-use platform for using sensor devices to create environmental awareness in Windows applications
Tablet Application Provider
· Enhanced Handwriting and Ink
Windows 7 improves the pen experience by providing greater accuracy and speed.
· Device Experience Platform
· Windows Biometric Framework
Windows 7 provides device makers with prominent placement on the Windows desktop, with branding opportunities and a simple interface for presenting the functionality and services that the device supports.
Gaming , Media Player & Graphic Applications
· Multi-Touch Gestures
· Media Platform
· Enhanced DirectX APIs
Bring more Intuitive User Experience; Media Foundation has been enhanced to provide better format support, including MPEG-4, as well as support for video capture devices and hardware codecs; Take advantage of the latest innovations in GPUs to add fast, scalable, high-quality, 2D and 3D graphics, text, and images to their applications.
· Extended Linguistic Services
Windows 7 provides developers with a standard method to prepare their applications for the international market by delivering an improved multi-language user interface support and linguistic services that they can use in their applications
· Native Boot VHD
· Windows PowerShell 2.0
· Windows Troubleshooting Platform
Fast-reset testing environment, more convenient management & problem troubleshooting for developers
This list is intended for you to discover the possibilities for your own application.
To learn more about how to light up these features, see:
My thanks to my colleagues in China who put this together and translated it into English.
This is an excellent article which will point ISV's in the right direction on the features that need to be implemented for adding customer value.
I would appreciate it if you can give me permission to reproduce some parts of this post in our monthly newsletter. Our newsletter is aimed at software product development companies and this kind of input is definitely going to add value to the readers.