RC1 of the Windows SDK is live


Hello. I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Shawn Henry, and I’m a new Program Manager (PM) here in the Windows SDK group. I’ve been brought on board to help with some of the program management tasked needed to ship the Vista release of the SDK. I’m really excited to be working in this group. Through this blog I hope to showcase some of the new features in the Windows SDK and maybe some exciting tales, from a newbies perspective, of what it’s like inside the belly of the beast.


We’re happy to announce that RC1 of the Windows SDK is now live in both web setup and ISO form. You can get either version on our downloads page. The RC1 build is intended to run on Vista RC1 build 5520 or 5600 and .NET Framework 3.0 RC1. Check out the Release Notes for a complete description of known issues.


Comments (1)

  1. cunningdave says:

    Hi guys,

    I’ve been broweing the SDK for a couple of days now and I must say that this stuff looks fantastic.

    I have a couple of comments about the docs, however:

    A few basic adjustments to the doc style-sheets could make a big difference to developers.  I’m new to the SDK, particularly the WPF, and I’m trying to build a small mock-up prototype of a control that I’d like to integrate into our product.  I’m quite used to Java and I’ve used .net in the past, but like I said, I’m new to WPF.

    My main beef is when looking at the member of class, there’s no return type information and no parameter lists.  I can maybe understand parameter lists not being there (though it wouldn’t hurt), but return types are crucial, particularly when you’re looking for a given property on a class that you know should be there.  This is also true for properties.  Of course you can click on the individual links to see what type each function or property works with, but that’s not very helpful when you’re dealing with a class that has 20+ functions and properties.  Also, browsing between pages is not exactly lightning fast, so it makes this process even more painful.

    In comparison, Java’s javadoc (http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/api/) is a cinch to use and browses very, very quickly.  Also, all relevant information is available in the main member lists.

    It would be fantastic to see some improvement here before the final release to market.