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Welcome to Vista Week - Michael Wallent: Windows Vista for Developers

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Welcome to Vista Week on Channel 9. For 9 days (that's one Channel 9 week) we will be focusing our content on the newest general purpose operating system from Microsoft, Windows Vista. Windows Vista was designed from the ground up with the user in mind. From reliability, performance, security, networking to the shell, Vista is truly our most user-centric OS to date. Vista Week on Channel 9 aims to address this claim by digging into the details behind it.

Here, Michael Wallent, General Manager and long time WPF team lead who also happens to be extremely passionate about Vista, talks with us about Vista from a developer perspective (describing what makes Vista appealing to developers and why). Of course, developers are also users and Vista is a highly tuned user-centric OS to the nth degree, so Michael and Charles wax on this as well. Enjoy!

Be sure to catch 10's Vista Week. Great stuff!

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  • Chris PietschmannCRPietschma​nn Chris Pietschmann
    Interesting discussion.
  • Christian Liensbergerlittleguru <3 Seattle
    Thanks Charles and Michael. Nice vid!
  • ChadkChadk excuse me - do you has a flavor?
    Great interview.
    I like how he just speaks all the time!! Big Smile
  • Awesome interview. How cool would it be to have someone that passionate about doing it right and building great software as your boss. Deeply envious of his team Smiley
  • Great Interview! Just one question though - how long do you think it will be before we start seeing Vista on every desktop? Like XP is pretty much everywhere now, and our industry currently has about 30000 desktops worldwide, and we've only just started rolling out XP SP2 to our clients. Only reason I ask is I'm now making sure all the apps I develop run just as nicely on Vista as they do on XP.
  • Make Visual Studio 2005 work right on Vista.

    Make RTM-quality extensions for WCF and WPF that work on Visual Studio 2005.

    Otherwise, expect a significant chunk of the Microsoft developer community to look at you sheepishly because they don't have budget to drop thousands of dollars on another Visual Studio edition less than two years after they did so for Visual Studio 2005.
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    DannyJ wrote:
    Great Interview! Just one question though - how long do you think it will be before we start seeing Vista on every desktop? Like XP is pretty much everywhere now, and our industry currently has about 30000 desktops worldwide, and we've only just started rolling out XP SP2 to our clients. Only reason I ask is I'm now making sure all the apps I develop run just as nicely on Vista as they do on XP.


    It will take time to penetrate the market, just like XP...

    Great to hear you are thinking about Vista when writing your current applications! Keep it up! Also, you can make your apps sing on Vista by taking advantage of all the new APIs. If you do network work, you will love the new networking APIs in Vista. This will be covered to some extent as part of Vista Week here on C9.
  • Yeah I'm loving the way my apps look running under vista with the Aero effects! Most of my apps use skin libraries I've written in the past just to give them a nice look and feel, so now I'm putting in checks to see what version of the OS the user is running and switching off some of my custom UI to make use of Aero.

    I'd be very interested to check out the new Networking API's as a lot of my apps use Winsock 2 API's for communication using native c++. In the past I've always created wrapper classes for the lower level comms stuff so it would be cool to check these out.

    Are these API's documented in the latest Vista SDK? - because I tried to download this, ran setup.exe and it was complaining about some sdksetup.cab file being missing!? - It could be just me, not sure if anyone else had this prob.
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    Danny, when I post the networking team interview (some members of the team; it's a big group as you might imagine...) I will provide links to related developer docs on MSDN.

     We cover some interesting stuff, at a high level.

    Stay tuned,
    C
  • Nice one - I look forward to it Smiley



  • Here is a video of that cure cancer app Michael spoke of.

    Tim Huckaby from Interknowlogy built this cool XAML app for the Scripps Institute.

  • NETallicaNETallica Disaster has a passport (Mr Bean's latest movie)
    What is the URL of British Library App that Wallent mentioned? Sorry for my poor listening skill;)
  • Bl.uk
  • NETallicaNETallica Disaster has a passport (Mr Bean's latest movie)
    Yes I know that he said www.bl.uk. But there're many links and I don't know which link I've to click. Please guide me which one has the features Michael mentioned.

    Thanks,
    Smiley
  • That's a hypertext link, click it....

  • Is there an official list of unsupported Windows API for Vista ? I tried ACT but it didn't help a lot. For example, I found out RasEditPhonebookEntry is no longer supported in Vista. I am pretty sure there are more. I would like to get a list to check against my app.


    Thanks

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