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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: 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...
  • 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: ESENT (Extensible Storage Engine) API in the Windows SDK

    I’m not sure how many people know that Windows comes with an embeddable, transactional database engine which is available to developers through the Windows SDK. The ESENT database engine can be used whenever an application wants high-performance, low-overhead storage of structured or semi-structured...
  • Blog Post: Speech Content in the Windows SDK

    Charles Oppermann on the Speech team wrote a post on the new Speech-related content that ships in the recently released Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . The content in this new Windows SDK completely replaces the older SAPI 5.1 SDK and supports development on Windows XP, Windows...
  • Blog Post: How to: build from the Windows SDK command line

    This “How-to” applies to the Windows SDK for Vista, the SDK Update for Vista, and the SDK for Server 2008. (In order to build the samples in the SDK build environment or in Visual Studio 2008, the Win32 samples project files must be upgraded. This is not necessary when building the samples with Visual...
  • Blog Post: Some SDK samples require VS2005, not VS2008

    If you're using the Windows SDK and Visual Studio 2008, you may have stumbled across a few unmanaged samples that don't build. You may see one of these errors: fatal error C1083: Cannot open include file: 'mspbase.h': No such file or directory. fatal error C1083: Cannot open include file: Mtype...
  • Blog Post: Some samples fail to build due to missing file msime.h

    Some Windows SDK samples fail to build because the file msime.h is not found. Msime.h is not shipped with the Windows SDK. Msime.h is for use by developers when customizing applications for the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Affected samples: winui\Input\tsf\TSFApps\ImmPad-Interim winui\Input...
  • Blog Post: How to: Add 64-bit support to .vcproj files

    Have you found a great sample in the Windows SDK but wish it could target 64-bit platforms? Not all of our samples have 64-bit support, but it’s quick and easy to configure the sample yourself using the project configurations available in the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: J# Samples require VJ++ (Visual Studio) to be installed

    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: Two Speech Samples Fail to Compile

    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 speech samples \winui\Speech\DictationPad and \winui\Speech...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: VCProj Files Require Upgrade Prior to Building

    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 In order to build the samples in the SDK build environment or in...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Not All Visual C++ 2005 Project Files Have X64 Configuration

    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: Some VCProj files with ATL/MFC dependencies fail, even with VS 2005 installed

    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 Visual Studio 2005 .vcproj files that have a dependency on ATL...
  • 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 ...
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