The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: Beta has been released (ISO-format).  As many of you are already aware, the release of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta occurred barely 3 weeks ago.  What some of you may not be aware of however, is that there also was a Beta release of the Windows SDK that coincided.  The Windows SDK provides documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications using native (Win32®) and/or managed (.NET Framework) technologies.


Platform Compatibility:

This beta release of the Windows SDK is compatible with Windows 7 Beta,  Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta,  Windows Server 2008, .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows XP SP3.


Visual Studio Compatibility:

This beta release of the Windows SDK is compatible with Visual Studio 2008 SP1; including Visual Studio Express Editions.  


What’s New:

The following is a small sampling of what’s in this Beta SDK.

·         Documentation - New Windows 7 Developer Guide and Quality cookbook

·         Samples - Nearly 250 samples added and refreshed during Beta

·         The Windows SDK Configuration Tool has been fixed (and can be used with the Windows SDK for Server 2008)

·         Visual Studio 2008 SP1 C++ command line compiler toolset and matching CRT

Learn More:

Stayed tuned to the Windows SDK blog as well as the Windows SDK MSDN Developer Center over the coming weeks for more information about the Windows SDK.  As always, please look over the Release Notes for a description of known issues before you install the SDK.


Tell us what you think:

Send your thoughts to the Windows SDK Feedback alias.  Tell us how you use the SDK and what we can do to make your life easier.


Thank you

Barry R. Butterklee

Windows SDK Release PM