Devs start your engines, Windows 7 RTM Code Pack released

Now that Microsoft has officially signed off on the Windows 7 RTM build and has released it to MSDN/TechNet subscribers, it's time for some API code so developers can start developing applications for Windows 7.

Microsoft has released the Windows 7 RTM Code Pack 1.0, available to the general public.

Microsoft's Charlie Calvert, Community Program Manager for the C# group said, "The Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides support for various features of Windows 7 and previous releases of that operating system. The Code Pack has reached version 1.0 and has been published on Code Gallery."

Developers familiar with the Code Pack will glad to hear that Shell Search API support has been added, Drag and Drop functionality for Shell objects has been added, support for Typography and Font enumeration DirectWrite APIs have been created, as well as support for Direct3D and Direct2D interoperability.

Microsoft also noted that the following individual features are supported in this release:

  • Windows 7 Taskbar Jump Lists, Icon Overlay, Progress Bar, Tabbed Thumbnails, and Thumbnail Toolbars.
  • Windows 7 Libraries, Known Folders, non-file system containers.
  • Windows Shell Search API support, a hierarchy of Shell Namespace entities, and Drag and Drop functionality for Shell Objects.
  • Explorer Browser Control.
  • Shell property system.
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7 Common File Dialogs, including custom controls.
    Windows Vista and Windows 7 Task Dialogs.
  • Direct3D 11.0, Direct3D 10.1/10.0, DXGI 1.0/1.1, Direct2D 1.0, DirectWrite, Windows Imaging Component (WIC) APIs. (DirectWrite and WIC have partial support)
  • Sensor Platform APIs
  • Extended Linguistic Services APIs
  • Power Management APIs
  • Application Restart and Recovery APIs
  • Network List Manager APIs
  • Command Link control and System defined Shell icons.

You can download the API, requirements, help files, and more here.

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Zyphrax said,
Too bad they've set a minimum of .NET framework 3.5 SP1.
I don't think that would have been necessary.

Considering that the library's main purpose is to take advantage of new features in 7 (which has 3.5 SP1 built-in), I don't really see that as much of a restriction...

I wish it wasn't so large/connected together. I'm sure most people will find it useful, however I'd hate to add dozens of class files to my simple little project just to get a taskbar progress display...

Have you tried using the .Net 4.0 framework w/ VS2010 yet? References are supposed to only add what you are using in code, instead of the entire dll. I know it's still in beta, but nice to know it's on the way.

I'd really like to see some applications written in Direct2D and see how the performance is. Isn't it supposed to be a competitor to OS X's Quartz?

Already found out about this three days ago in my Visual Studio C# RSS feed, great to see this made the Neowin headlines! :)

I have to admit, the Code Pack is awesome! I really love the Explorer control, just too bad that it's not backwards-compatible with XP. Now I have to look for a decent (free) XP alternative in order to keep my projects compatible...

Great! This is already documented on MSDN with header files available for C++ in the Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SDK, but good to see it for .NET, of course!

Next few months should be exciting to see all many popular applications push out updates. Some of them are already on top of their game, but this will just push the envelope on how much better integrated devs can make their software.