The Windows 7 Blog for Developers


Welcome to the first post of a new Windows 7 blog. This blog will mainly focus on the development aspects of Windows 7 by providing valuable content for developers. We shall call this blog “The Windows 7 Blog for Developers”. By valuable content we mean that this blog will be a “one stop shop” on the road to get yourself familiar with what Windows 7 has to offer for developers and how you can “Light-Up” using Windows 7 features in your application.

With your help, this blog should evolve to become some sort of Windows 7 developer content index. If you are looking to write some code using one of Windows 7 new features, you should find some reference to that topic in this blog. If you don’t find it, please feel free to comment and we’ll try to pick the subject as quick as possible. In case you have content you want to share, ping us so we can write a post and reference your content.

You can also expect this blog to have lots of code samples, and cool demo showcasing some Windows 7’s new features. You can also expect this blog to have web cast with different people from different parts of the windows organization. With that in mind, some Windows folks have their own blogs which we will try to keep track and listing all the important Windows 7 content posted on these blogs.

Finally, this blog is part of an effort to highlight Windows 7 development story, a story that for some reason got lost with Windows Vista. As part of the Windows 7 Evangelism team and as developers, we hope, together with you and the rest of the community will be able to create an open and direct dialog about developing for Windows 7.

This new release of Windows has a lot of new features that will give developers a chance to differentiate their applications, as well as solid foundations to build upon.

Join us on this trip through Windows 7 development features and help us share some of that joy and happiness.

One last thing, we will post some non pure technical content but we promise that it will be Windows 7 related.

J

Comments (11)

  1. I am not a developer, well maybe somewhere in the very dark past, but anyway thought I would highlight that this is a good idea.

  2. rjohn08 says:

    Greatness. I really appreciate the openness of communication with developers. This should be good.

  3. Alliston says:

    Great idea with that blog. Well, one thing that all Windows developers (I think) are curious about is one example of the multitouch applications. How about a part of the code of that applications for first?

    Thanks

    Alliston Carlos

    PS: excuse my english, I’m brazillian

  4. Mr. Dee says:

    Although I’m not a developer, I looking forward to feature content that developers can use to provide great experiences for end users running Windows 7.

    You need a sign in facility on the blog. I find it strange I have to go the blogs.msdn.com url to sign in then come back here.

  5. anonymuos says:

    Very good topic to start the blog. Developer focus will be very appreciated. You should also write about the Vista APIs which ppl never used/hardly used in their apps but which could have been used to write solid next generation apps.

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  7. LorenHeiny says:

    Good idea for a blog–this is a good step in filling a huge hole.

    I’m assuming the real meat will start next week in synch with PDC and there’s no reason to check back until then? 🙂

    Looking forward to your future posts!

  8. Vimpyboy says:

    What about Windows Accelerators?

  9. simmans says:

    I wrote a document about suggestion, feats and ideas for Windows 7, and one of them is about the next Framework. I don’t know a lot of details about this new Framework but like other Frameworks (and Java), the problem is the fact that the framework is heavy for the system. Then I proposed, for single users, to split the Framework into multiple part that is downloaded and/or installed automatically when an installed program need it. And for developpers, all is installed. Less heavy for the system and take less space.

  10. The Windows 7 Blog for Developers = yochay Which the 2nd name of yochay 🙂 , the one and only “Mr J.

  11. Jasonw15 says:

    Working with a group of developers, we’ve all come to the conclusion that WPF is the most advanced development “Foundation” out there, and it has reached the maturity of being capable to be coded as a KEY part of an Operating System itself, and it is crucial that the backbone of the Windows 7 GUI is WPF based.  People have often worried about it being too heavy on the system in terms of resources, but the recent advancements in the .NET Framework 3.5 and the additional 3.5 SP1, the performance gap is closing, and with the ability to write strings and arrays to C# (unsafe) and managed C++, you can even further improve performance in key areas where speed is critical.

    However, it’s in the CLR itself that can make the transition to a WPF shell even easier, as the CLR was designed from the ground up to work alongside managed code with native C++ code.  Even with a WPF backbone GUI, the flexibility of the CLR would allow you to even easily code specific and CORE GUI features in raw C++ along with the GUI still being based primarily on WPF as the backbone.  It’s all based on the great flexibility of the CLR, and with the Kernel perfected; I think the Windows 7 shell is the number 1 priority.

    Which started as a MSDN forum post on how to improve the WPF “TextBox” controls at http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/wpf/thread/9113aaf6-25fb-4d40-863a-041494aa62f5/ , there’s now been an interesting discussion started about how users really want a WPF Windows 7 GUI.  All you at MS might want to take a look at it, and developers might want to comment on that forum post as well about WPF integration in Win7.

    Anyway, keep up the great work MS!…. looking forward to what you have it store.