Microsoft’s PDC2008 Releases Free Windows 7 Session Training

Microsoft’s 2008 Professional Developer’s Conference has made their training sessions available online. Included in over two-hundred sesssions were these six Windows 7 demonstrations worthy of your time. (OK, half your time…download the files then watch the videos at double-speed!)
PDC2008 Windows 7 Sessions:
Welcome to the Windows 7 Desktop – The Windows desktop is evolving–is your application ready to evolve also? This session sets the stage for exciting enhancements to the taskbar, Start Menu, and other desktop elements. (Download: WMV-HQ)
Integrate with the Windows 7 Desktop – This session dives into new APIs that enable integration with the latest Windows desktop features. Learn about new extensibility methods to surface your application’s key tasks. Discover how enhancements to the taskbar, Start Menu, thumbnails and their desktop elements provide new ways for you to delight your users. This talk is a must for application developers who wan to provide the best user experience for their applications on Windows 7. (Download: WMV-HQ)
Writing Your Application to Shine on Modern Graphics Hardware – This session centers on the new enhancements to DirectX that enable Win32 applications harness the latest innovations in modern graphics hardware. Learn how to use the Windows 7 graphics infrastructure to enable your applications to display graphics content on different generations of graphics hardware, across multiple displays and on a remote desktop. Also learn how you can test your application for DPI awareness, what to look for, and how to make it provide the best experience on high-DPI displays. (Download: WMV-HQ)
Empower users to find, visualize and organize their data with Libraries and the Explorer – Learn how you can enable a familiar experience for users and light up your application by using the Windows Search API and Library API and File Dialog. Also learn how you can integrate your web service with Windows search by using the OpenSearch standard without writing any client code. Master how to provide a rich experience for your data type in the Windows 7 Explorer with metadata, thumbnails, verbs and previews. (Download: WMV-HQ)
Design Principles for Windows 7 – Together, we can increase customer enthusiasm, satisfaction and loyalty by designing user experiences that are both desirable and harmonious. In this session we introduce the Windows User Experience Principles approach to shipping software. Along the way we share stories and lessons learned along the journey of designing the user model and experience for Windows 7, and leave you with a set of principles that you can apply as you build your applications for Windows. (Download: WMV-HQ)
Scenic Ribbon: The next generation user experience for presenting commands in Win32 applications. Windows 7 includes a new user interface platform component that enables existing and new Windows application to take advantage of the next generation commanding experience ("Ribbon"). In this session, you’ll learn about the features provided by the ribbon, the Win32 application programming interfaces required to use it, and simple techniques for adding a ribbon to your application. (Download: WMV-HQ

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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