At 27-Oct-2009 Microsoft released a Windows Vista Platform Update to make it more up to date to Windows 7 and it's technologies.
The Platform Update for Windows Vista was released on October 27, 2009. It includes major new components that shipped with Windows 7, as well as updated runtime libraries. It requires Service Pack 2 of Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 and is listed on Windows Update as a Recommended download.
The Platform Update allows application developers to target both Windows Vista and Windows 7. It consists of the following components:
Some updates will also be available as separate releases for both Windows XP and Windows Vista:
- Windows Graphics runtime: Direct2D, DirectWrite, Direct3D 11, DXGI 1.1, and WARP;
- Updates to Windows Imaging Component;
- Updates to XPS Print API, XPS Document API and XPS Rasterization Service;
- Windows Automation API (updates to MSAA and UI Automation);
- Windows Portable Devices Platform; (adds support for MTP over Bluetooth and MTP Device Services)
- Windows Ribbon API;
- Animation Manager Library.
Although extensive, the Platform Update does not bring Windows Vista to the level of features and performance offered by Windows 7. For example, even though Direct3D 11 runtime will be able to run on D3D9-class hardware and WDDM drivers using "feature levels" first introduced in Direct3D 10.1, Desktop Window Manager has not been updated to use Direct3D 10.1.
- Windows Management Framework: Windows PowerShell 2.0, Windows Remote Management 2.0, BITS 4.0
- Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 (RDP7) client
Microsoft also has released Platform Update Supplement for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008 (KB2117917), which brings many Direct2D and DirectWrite fixes from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows Vista SP2 with Platform Update installed. Another update, KB2505189 fixes another DirectWrite bug on Vista SP2 with Platform Update.
What about Windows 7?
Won't it get the same treatment?
At least Directx 11.1, no?