How should 64- and 32-bit apps work on future Operating Systems?

The Windows engineering teams are planning how 64-bit and 32-bit applications will work in future versions of the operating system, as 64-bit PCs become increasingly prevalent. They have created a survey that will enable customers to tell Microsoft what they feel the needs and priorities are for improvements in how 64-bit and 32-bit applications should…

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FREE Windows Server 2008 Software When You Take Any of 3 Featured Training Courses

Learn all about Windows Server 2008’s powerful new management tools and security enhancements, plus come away with the skills you need to configure, maintain and troubleshoot Microsoft’s new server OS. The best part? You’ll also get to take home a FREE fully-licensed copy of Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition complete with 5 CALs. Act fast…

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Updated XNA Game Studio 3.0 starter kits

One of the coolest talks I heard at PDC2008 was XNA Game Studio 3.0.  Watch the session on Channel 9 (along with all the PDC2008 sessions) to learn about XNA Game Studio and the XNA Framework and how they help you to quickly create games using C# that run on Windows, the Xbox 360, and…

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What’s the difference between "CLR" and ".NET Framework"?

What’s the difference between "Common Language Runtime (CLR)" and "Microsoft .NET Framework"?  David Broman’s post explains it beautifully and was very helpful to me. CLR + managed libraries and tools = Microsoft .NET Framework The CLR is the low-level technology (much of it written in unmanaged, native code) that includes the garbage collector, security subsystem,…

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How to: find the right Windows SDK for your needs

Several versions of the Windows SDK and earlier Platform SDKs (PSDK) are available.  Generally, developers will want the most recent SDK, which supports several Windows operating systems.  Some developers have particular development requirements that call for an earlier SDK.  You will want to consider what version of Windows you will be installing the SDK on…

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