Today we are announcing the final release of the Platform Update for Windows Vista, which includes an update to WPD to support new features introduced in Windows 7.

The Platform Update for Windows Vista features a set of runtime libraries which add support for new technologies making it easier for developers to develop for Windows 7 and Windows Vista without impacting their users.

Features

The WPD update adds WPD and MTP Device Services and MTP over Bluetooth features to Windows Vista. The following table identifies the WPD features supported for Windows 7, for Windows Vista, and for Windows Vista with the Platform Update for Windows Vista installed.

Feature

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Windows Vista + Platform Update for Windows Vista

MTP over USB

Yes

Yes

Yes

MTP over IP

Yes

Yes

Yes

MTP over Bluetooth

Yes

No

Yes

WPD and MTP Device Services

Yes

No

Yes

WPD Automation

Yes

No

No

Multi-function/Multi-transport

Yes

No

No

Device Stage

Yes

No

No

Device Sync Platform

Yes

No

No

 

Availability and installation

The Platform Update for Windows Vista is available for free via Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Microsoft Download Center. Customers running Windows Vista Service Pack 2 with “recommended settings” enabled for Windows Update will automatically receive the update without additional action. The update is also available as a free download on the Microsoft Download Center.

Additional notes about the Platform Update for Windows Vista

All the updated technologies in the Platform Update for Windows Vista are already included in Windows 7. The Platform Update for Windows Vista is not required for Windows 7.

To apply the Platform Update for Windows Vista, you must have Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installed.

More information

For specific details about the Platform Update for Windows Vista, click here.

For more information about MTP Device Services, check out the Introducing Device Services entry.

For more information about MTP transports such as USB, IP, and Bluetooth, check out the MTP Over Various Transports entry.

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