How would you spend $100 on NEW Windows SDK features? We're planning our next version and subsequent releases of the SDK. In that spirit, we’re running a quick poll of Windows SDK users to help us keep our "vision" for the SDK aligned with yours. If you had a hypothetical $100 to spend on the list of brainstormed features below, how would you allocate the dollars?

Forewarning: ideally we would like to rank the results and work down the list, but the reality is that we have other constraints.  Other products, such as Visual Studio, have dependencies on the SDK and we have the typical team resources constraints.  We can’t guarantee which of these will appear in what version, and some of them may not be worth a further look. But we’d sure like to know what you think of these new feature ideas. And feel free to add to the list if a feature you’d like to see in a future SDK is not on the list.

1. A new, small download of “Core SDK” components is made available to customers, with only the basics.  What components should be included in this product in addition to the Windows headers and libraries?

2. PowerShell Build environment. The Windows SDK would include a script similar to SetEnv that users could run, which will set up an SDK build environment under PowerShell.

3. Quick method to install “only .NET” or “only Win32” components.  For example, Win32 developers could quickly choose to receive only Win32 resources in the documents, tools, samples, etc.  Developers focused on managed code could choose to receive only .NET Framework resources in the documents, tools, samples, etc.

4. Improvements to documentation: better Table of Contents, better filters, search, etc.

5. Improvements to documentation: integrate the SDK docs with MSDN docs.

6. Ship a newTools Explorer” to group the tools and provide a more friendly and efficient way for users to search and use the SDK tools.

7. Ship a newSamples Explorer” to group the samples and provide a more friendly and efficient way for users to search and use the SDK samples.

8. Windows SDK in non-Visual studio IDEs. Provide additional support for other IDEs, such as Windows SDK integration with non-Microsoft development environments, links to Windows SDK documentation from within other IDEs (Eclipse, IBM VisualAge for C++, Borland’s C++ Builder), among other possible integration scenarios.

9. Create a new Download portal with SDK ‘nuggets’ so that you can download small packages – perhaps a popular tool or file that shipped broken or was missing from a released SDK.

Additional surveys: how you use the Windows SDK and how would you spend $100 on existing SDK features.  

Sarah Maurer
Program Manager
High School Intern
Windows SDK Team

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