Microsoft has just released a set of runtime libraries to support some Windows 7 features on Vista and Windows Server 2008. This means that developers can add Windows 7 features to applications that run on Vista and Windows Server 2008.

These libraries as listed below are already included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but now are available as a separate download through Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Microsoft Download Center.

  • Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library
  • Windows Automation API
  • Windows Portable Devices Platform (for Vista Only)
  • Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library

For more detail, visit the Windows Team blog site and the Microsoft’s Support site here.