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Accessing Windows 7 with Windows API Code Pack for .NET

by Abel Avram on  Jun 09, 2009

Microsoft has made available Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework (v0.85), a library useful to access new Windows 7 features, including Vista ones, from managed code. This library is not included in .NET 4.0.

Windows Server 2008 SP2 & Vista SP2 Beta Getting Ready

by Abel Avram on  Dec 03, 2008 1

Microsoft has announced the public availability of Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Vista SP2 Customer Preview Program (CPP) starting Thursday December 4th on TechNet which is already loaded with information about the CPP. Besides fixes, Vista SP2 includes better searching, Bluetooth 2.1 and Blu-Ray support, an extension to the FAT file system to support UTC time stamps.

The Windows Mojave Experiment

by Abel Avram on  Jul 31, 2008 7

Microsoft has recently conducted an experiment, called Mojave, in an attempt to quantify the users' true perception of Windows Vista. The results are shedding some light on people's biases and misconceptions related to Vista.

On the "It Just Works" Policy for VB 6 and Windows Vista/Server 2008

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2008

Though released nearly a decade ago, Visual Basic 6 still remains a cornerstone for the IT department of many companies. With so many line of business applications, many no longer with source code, in use, upgrade paths to Windows Vista and Server 2008 needs to be considered carefully. The make the upgrade somewhat easier, Microsoft has committed to an "It Just Works" policy for VB 6 applications.

Using the Task Scheduler in Vista and Windows Server 2008

by Abel Avram on  Feb 28, 2008

Task Scheduler is an useful addition to Windows Vista and the upcoming Windows Server 2008. This is a quick lesson on how to use the Task Scheduler from managed code.

Upgrade Path - Vista Task Dialog

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 05, 2007

This dialog provides a framework that covers most dialog scenarios while maintaining consistency across applications. But it also introduces a new problem in that it is not backwards compatible with Windows XP. Hedley Muscroft tackled this problem by creating a wrapper/emulator for the Task Dialog.

SQL Server Now Supports Vista

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 21, 2007

With the release of Service Pack 2, SQL Server 2005 finally has full support on Vista. This includes SQL Server Express, which had serious difficulties running on the new operating system. Several new features are also included in this release.

Windows Assessment Numbers and a Lesson on Avoiding Unsafe Code

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 15, 2006

Windows assessment numbers are expected to be very useful for comparing computers in the store or for identifying performance bottlenecks in systems you already own. Other possible uses include altering an application's behavior depending on the system's capabilities. But using them from managed code isn't exactly easy, especially when you have to deal with raw pointers.

The wide ranging impact of the XML Paper Specification

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 22, 2006 2

XML Paper Specification, or XPS, is a new XML-based format for creating formatted documents. Seen as a direct competitor to Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF), it is one of the more controversial features in Windows Vista. Because it touches so much of the Windows infrastructure, it is expected to affect all users in one way or another.

InfoQ Article: Java, .NET, but why together?

by Floyd Marinescu on  Oct 10, 2006 19

The Java vs. NET war is over. In this article, Ted Neward looks at how we can leverage the strengths of each together, such as using Microsoft Office to act as a "rich client" to a Java middle-tier service, or building a Windows Presentation Foundation GUI on top of Java POJOs, or even how to execute Java Enterprise/J2EE functionality from within a Windows Workflow host.

Debate: Should Visual Studio 2003 be supported on Vista?

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 30, 2006 5

Microsoft has a tough decision. They can either concentrate on the next version of Visual Studio, with features such as LINQ, or they can ensure Visual Studio 2002/2003 works Vista.

WinFS Officially Dropped

by Rafael Ferreira, Floyd Marinescu on  Jun 26, 2006

On the WinFS team blog on Friday, Quentin Clark blogged that WinFS, the new relational filestore would no longer be shipped as a separate product, instead, parts of it will make it into ADO.NET (entities) and SQL Server. The community is calling thea nnouncement spin and proclaiming that WinFS is dead.

WinFX renamed to .NET Framework 3.0

by Floyd Marinescu on  Jun 13, 2006

Microsoft Corporate Vice-President S.Somasegar announced last week that WinFX would be renamed to the .NET Framework 3.0. "The .NET Framework has always been at the core of WinFX, but the WinFX brand didn't convey this."

Windows Vista Beta 2 And WinFX

by David Totzke on  May 26, 2006

With the recent release of Windows Vista Beta 2 Microsoft has launched the WinFX Developer Center in support of the new operating system. This is an excellent starting point if you are a developer looking to create applications on the WinFX platform. Currently featured are articles and resources on Data Integration and Discoverability.

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