What does Windows Vista SP1 Mean for Developers?

As many people will have noticed, we released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 this week (read about the notable changes here). Aside from the inevitable bug fixes and enhancements to support new hardware types, one of the underlying changes is that SP1 brings the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 codebases together. This is a…

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MIX08 Day 2 Keynote Live Blog

I’m going to be "live blogging" the Steve Ballmer keynote this afternoon at this URL. Keep this blog post bookmarked and start hitting "refresh" shortly after the keynote starts at 1pm Pacific / 9pm GMT. Or simply tune in to the webcast (750kbps, 300kbps, 100kbps) and watch it live yourself! 1:04pm – Ray Winninger (my…

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Windows ‘7’ Technical Evangelist: Are YOU The Person We’re Looking For?

It’s not a state secret that we’re in the early stages of development for the next version of Windows (given the internal name of Windows ‘7’). The specifics of what comes next are always the subject of fevered and sometimes inaccurate speculation, but you can be sure that we’re not resting on our laurels. Windows…

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Visual Studio 2005 Update for Windows Vista Released…

The final release of the VS 2005 update for Windows Vista is now available. This update fixes most of the issues that you may have faced with running Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista. Install Visual Studio 2005, the Service Pack 1 update, and then the Windows Vista update to get a fully-supported developer environment. There’s…

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Highlights of Windows Vista Week

Over the last week or so, our two “TV stations” – Channel 9 (for developers) and Channel 10 (for power users) – have been running a series of videos around Windows Vista. I thought I’d quickly highlight some of my favorite ones: Robert Fripp and the Windows Vista soundscapes: this is classic Channel 9 -…

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Windows Vista Light-Up is Just a Recompile Away for Your MFC Application…

Yesterday’s post on the release of the Visual Studio “Orcas” March CTP triggered a great question from one reader with a large MFC-based application, asking for greater detail on the following new feature: Easily add the Windows Vista “Look and Feel” to native C++ applicationsDevelopers can use Visual Studio to build ISV applications that exhibit…

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Virtual PC Museum 2007

As Mike Swanson mentions in his blog, Virtual PC 2007 was released this week as a free download. This isn’t a revolutionary release, but it’s notable for its support for Windows Vista as both a guest and host OS, as well as x64 architecture host support. Some of you know that I have a side-interest…

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The Daily Show’s Take on Windows Vista

The BillG appearance was very funny… Stewart: What does the F12 button do – does it do anything?Gates: I’d stay away from it if I were you – start with F1 and work your way up…Stewart: Is it a joke button – does the F12 button do something to someone else’s computer?Gates: Er…no. Gates: [Early…

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Comparing WPF on Windows Vista v. Windows XP

A question I’m often asked is, “what’s different about WPF in Windows Vista compared to the version that ships for Windows XP?” In the interests of transparency (which is what blogs are for, right?) I thought I’d address this here. I think it’s important to start by noting that the goal of adding Windows XP…

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Installing the WPF/E Developer Environment on Windows Vista

Although the client runtime is an easy install, I came across a few quirks in installing the full “WPF/E” developer environment on Windows Vista (hey, this is bleeding edge, after all!) I thought I’d post a quick summary of the steps here in the hope that it might be useful to someone. [We refreshed the…

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