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Developing with Windows API Code Pack for.NET Framework
During PDC, we announced the availability of a new version of the Windows API Code Pack (version 1.0.1). That same day, I had the pleasure of demo-ing how to use the API Code Pack to build great Windows 7 applications. If you missed the session (or weren't able to attend PDC), you can check out the video recording and grab the decks from session page - Developing with the Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework.
While Windows 7 is an awesome operating system that runs faster while consuming fewer resources than its predecessor, it also includes new exciting features and capabilities that both users and developers can enjoy. Taskbar, Sensor and Location platform, Libraries, Multitouch, new DirectX capabilities, and graphics improvements are just a few of the many technologies and features that Windows 7 offers developers to help your applications shine while running on Windows 7.
The number of commercial applications that leverage the various Windows 7 technologies is too long to list, but here are a few popular applications that we demonstrated during the PDC Keynote and that shine on Windows 7: iTunes, Kindle for PDC, Autodesk Project Cooper, and Seesmic Desktop.
While not all of the above-mentioned applications use the API Code Pack (some are not even managed), they all tap Windows 7 features to enhance the user experience. The Windows API Code Pack enables managed code developers to take advantage of such features and build great windows applications. During the session, I presented a few examples of managed applications that leverage Windows 7 features:
You can learn about the above mentioned technologies and on developing for Windows 7 using the Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers or by viewing Windows 7 videos on Channel 9.
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