Windows Vista September CTP and Compatibility Matrix Update

The Windows SDK team has now released their September CTP to match the Windows Vista September CTP. While Windows Vista September CTP is only available to beta and TAP members, you can use the Windows SDK on “downlevel” machines – Windows XP SP1 or Windows Server 2003 (SP1 or R2). You can find all the…

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Microsoft Acquires SysInternals

From the standpoint of someone working at Microsoft and responsible for the Windows SDK, this is incredible news. We are basically acquiring some of the best tools for that space (low-level, hard-core devs) as well as the services of two very talented people in Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell. (I actually had the pleasure of…

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Windows Vista, .NET 3.0 and Windows SDK Compatibility Matrix

[28 September 2006 Update] The Windows Vista September CTP has been released to beta members. There is a matching September CTP from the .NET 3.0 Runtime Components, Windows SDK, “Orcas” Tools and Workflow Extensions to Visual Studio 2005. I originally wrote this blog entry to help folks reconcile the differences between three concurrent releases of…

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June 2006 CTP Windows SDK and .NET Framework 3.0 Released

Hot on the heels of last month’s public Beta 2 release, we’ve released a June 2006 CTP for the Windows SDK. Note that this build of the Windows SDK is to be used with the following: Windows Vista (Build 5456), Windows XP SP2 or Windows Server 2003 [For managed code development or the running of…

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Windows Vista Beta 2 Now Available to the Public!!

Not much to say here except … “YAY!!!” You can finally download the Vista Beta 2 bits by enrolling in the Customer Preview Program. Note that the WinFX Runtime Components (needed to run WinFX apps) are automatically installed in this Windows Vista build. Therefore, if you’re looking to just run WinFX applications on Windows Vista,…

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ReadyBoost Q&A

Back in April, I posted a blog entry on the ReadyBoost feature – the Windows Vista feature that allows you to use a USB key as virtual memory in order to enhance performance. While I originally intended the post to be an overview of ReadyBoost, it proved quite popular and garnered quite a few questions…

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Great Resource Site for Preparing Your Applications for Windows Vista

A member of another team here at Microsoft dropped by and chatted with us a bit about a great new site that enables developers to prepare for Windows Vista. This site – http://www.devReadiness.org – contains lots of great technical articles and interviews aimed at helping you get your applications ready for Windows Vista today. Some…

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New Windows Vista and WinFX Sites Launched

In addition to the launch of the first public Windows Vista Beta since last year’s PDC, we have also published a complete redesign of the MSDN Windows Vista and WinFX developer centers in order to create a seamless, unified experience for users moving from one site to another. The sites also reflect the look and…

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Are Hash Codes Unique?

While you will hear people state that hash codes generate a unique value for a given input, the fact is that, while difficult to accomplish, it is technically feasible to find two different data inputs that hash to the same value. However, the true determining factors regarding the effectiveness of a hash algorithm lie in…

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ReadyBoost – Using Your USB Key to Speed Up Windows Vista

One very cool feature of Windows Vista – especially for machines not natively equipped with the kind of horsepower to fully enjoy the rich visuals of Windows Presentation Foundation (Avalon) applications is ReadyBoost. ReadyBoost enables you to plug a USB key into your machine and have Windows Vista use it as memory. I hadn’t actually…

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