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  • Blog Post: New samples in Win 7 SDK: Direct2D and DirectWrite

    The Windows 7 SDK comes with several components, including tools, documentation, headers and libraries, and samples. In this series of blogs, I’ll go through a number of sample that particularly target the new features in Windows 7. I’ll talk about how to build and run them and what the requirements...
  • Blog Post: Building web services on Windows with C++

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 introduce the new framework for building web services in C++ code. Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI) supports the core set of protocols for SOAP-based web services. Developers can use WWSAPI in applications where they need to use native C/C++ code and they cannot...
  • Blog Post: Development with Windows SDK & DirectX SDK when Visual Studio 2008 is installed

    This article describes how to set VC directory paths in Visual Studio 2008 to ensure that the most recent version of rpcsal.h is found. This article applies ONLY to users of DirectX SDK releases November 2008 and older. When using DirectX SDK (March 2009) or newer, the DirectX SDK should appear above...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows SDK for Server 2008 (v6.1) after VS2008 SP1 causes conflicts with Security Update (KB971092)

    Issue : If you install the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 , on top of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack1, some CRT files will revert back to RTM version. ( See this post for more information about this issue ) This can cause conflicts when you install patches or updates such...
  • Blog Post: Using the Win 7 SDK Build Environment with VS 2008

    Changes have been made to the Windows SDK build environment and how the SDK interacts with MSBUILD and Visual Studio 2008. This post applies to the RTM release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 . What changed with the Windows SDK for Windows 7? The Windows SDK for Server...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Communication

    This is the post number 11, the final article in a series that describes new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following is a new COM+ Spy sample that was updated to support Windows 7. See also: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Networking and Related Services New...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Windows User Interface

    This is post number 9 in a series that describes new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Windows User Interface , and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows 7. Technologies include Shell, Locations and Sensors, Sidebar, Sideshow, Windows...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Windows Base

    This is post number 8 in a series that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Windows Base technologies , and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows 7. This includes technologies such as Boot Configuration, Debugging, Device...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Web

    This is the seventh in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Web development , and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows 7. Technologies illustrated include WinHTTP, Windows Internet (WinInet), Web...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Tablet PC and MultiTouch

    New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Tablet PC and MultiTouch This is the sixth in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Tablet PC and MultiTouch , and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Open Packaging Conventions (OPC)

    New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Open Packaging Conventions (OPC) This is the fifth in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Open Packaging Conventions (OPC), and are new to Windows 7 or updated...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Systems Management

    This is the fourth in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists systems management and scheduling samples, including Task Scheduler, Windows PowerShell, and Windows Remote Management (WinRM). See also: New Win32 Samples in Windows...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Security

    This is the third in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists Security samples, including Authorization, CryptoApi, Local Security Authority (LSA), Windows Firewall, and x509SecurityToken. See also: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Networking and Related Services

    This is the second in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to networking and related services, and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows 7, including the Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI), Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Multimedia

    The upcoming release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 contains a comprehensive set of Win32 samples illustrating Windows 7 technologies. Over 1,200 samples were changed since the release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 RC release. Many “new to Win 7” samples were added, simplified...
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