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The Microsoft Windows SDK is a set of tools, code samples, documentation, compilers, headers, and libraries that developers can use to create applications that run on Microsoft Windows operating systems. The Windows SDK combines two formerly separate SDKs

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  • Blog Post: Coming soon: Win SDK for Windows 7 and .NET 4

    The upcoming Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (WinSDK v7.1) is packed with new features supporting developers creating applications for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 or targeting the .NET Framework 4. This SDK will be released soon after the RTM version of Visual Studio 2010 is released. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework

    Excited about Windows 7 and would like to use new features from your managed application, but do not have a convenient way to do that? Always wanted to use many of the useful features from Windows Vista or older versions of Windows but could not do so because they were not available via .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: .NET Terrarium 2.0 source code now available!

    The Windows SDK team is happy to announce the availability of the source code for .NET Terrarium 2.0 on http://www.codeplex.com/terrarium2 . For those who are not familiar with Terrarium, I’ll provide a little history. It is a game that was created by members of the .NET Framework team in the .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Released: Visual Studio 2008 with embedded Windows SDK Components

    I’m pleased to announce on behalf of the entire Windows SDK team, that we have released Windows SDK components with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . Windows SDK components ship embedded into just about all of the Visual Studio 2008 versions. The Windows SDK team understands that developers...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 RC0

    The latest prerelease Windows SDK is now available for installation! This SDK release supports Windows Server 2008 RC0 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2 . The SDK is compatible with the RTM release of Visual Studio 2005 SP1; including Visual Studio Express Editions . In addition the SDK is shipping the...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Samples Fail to Compile with Debug:Itanium error

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 · The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista (RTM), March, 2007 Some...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: MSBuild Reports a Dependency on .NET Framework SDK 2.0

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 · The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista (RTM), March, 2007 ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: .Net Framework 3.5 is not in the Windows SDK path

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 The .Net Framework 3.5 is not in the Windows SDK path. If the ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Visual Studio 2005 is Required for .NET Compact Framework Development

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 · The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista (RTM), March, 2007 ...
  • Blog Post: New Windows SDK Available to Download

    It has been barely 3 months since we shipped the previous Windows SDK prerelease; and here we are today shipping another prerelease version of the Windows SDK . This SDK coincides with the release of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 Beta2 and Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2 . If you want to be on the...
  • Blog Post: What is .NET 3.5?

    This is a question we get quite frequently and so we thought we'd share a couple of blog posts by Microsoft Evangelist Daniel Moth. In the following post, Daniel hghlights what is new to .NET 3.5 (with links to further information about several new or updated assemblies) as well as the concept of...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 1 on MS Download Center

    There's no longer a need to download the Visual Studio “Orcas” beta to get the .NET Framework 3.5 bits. The .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 1 is a preview release of the latest version of the .NET Framework and works with the Windows SDK for Windows Server code name “Longhorn” and .NET Framework 3.5 . .NET...
  • Blog Post: New Windows SDK Available!

    Let me start off by introducing (or more precisely) re-introducing myself. My name is Barry Butterklee and as of the middle of March, I started a new role on the SDK team: Release PM for the Windows SDK for Windows Server code name “Longhorn” and .NET Framework 3.5 . Yes, the name of the SDK is quite...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting sample building issues on X64, post 6

    Here's another tip for troubleshooting issues with Windows Vista SDK samples on X64. Some samples depend on the .NET Compact Framework, which is not included in the Windows SDK. The X86 version of the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 (SP2) has full support for 64-bit operating systems, including Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting sample building issues on X64, post 4

    Here's another workaround for building Windows Vista SDK samples on X64. Look for my earlier workaround posts and keep checking for more. New to 64-bit programming? Matt Pietrek's MSDN Magazine article, " Everything You Need To Know To Start Programming 64-Bit Windows Systems " will help. 4. Error...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting sample building issues on X64, post 1

    Are you having problems building some of the Windows Vista SDK samples on an X64 machine? This is the first of a series of posts with workarounds to get you building. I’ll be following up with more. Have you found workarounds to other issues? Share them here or email me. 1. Error that affects everyone...
  • Blog Post: WPF in the Windows SDK

    Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), one of the components of .NET Framework 3.0, is the newest presentation technology for the creation of next-generation Windows applications. XAML-based and graphics-oriented, WPF enables developers and designers to create rich and effective user experiences that...
  • Blog Post: Finding WPF Samples in the SDK Docs

    When you click on a link to download one of the Windows Presentation Foundation Samples in the Windows SDK, you go to the Windows SDK .NET Framework 3.0 Samples page , where you can download all the .NET samples in bulk. This can be convenient, except that when you are looking at an individual sample...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK for Windows Vista is live

    It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Windows SDK for Windows Vista has been released to web. Update: A more recent Windows SDK is now available. Find out more here . You can always find the most recent SDK on the MSDN Windows SDK Developer Center . The Web Install: http://www.microsoft...
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