Microsoft Hardware Newsletter
January 9, 2009
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From the Editor
Windows 7 Beta Is Here!
In this month's special edition of the Microsoft Hardware Newsletter, we are excited to announce the availability of the Windows 7 Beta for our ecosystem partners. Windows 7 builds on the substantial investments in Windows Vista to deliver an operating system that boots quickly, is fast and reliable, is more secure, gets the most out of today's powerful hardware, and connects with the broad world of devices customers use every day.
Download Windows 7 Beta
The Windows 7 Beta is a stable, feature-complete build ready to start testing your devices and applications. The bits can be downloaded now from these two locations*:
Learn About New Features
Test for Windows 7 Compatibility
Start testing your applications and device drivers early to verify compatibility and, if necessary, update your code base to help ensure your customers will have a great experience with Windows 7.
Give Feedback and Get Support
Your feedback and insight throughout the beta of Windows 7 are key. Please reach out to your primary support channel to report bugs, troubleshoot issues, and report product compatibility issues with Windows 7, including:
For support with hardware testing tools, read these comprehensive Support Options.
What's New for Windows 7 Logo Program
Now is the time to get ready for the Windows 7 Logo Program -- a streamlined program focused on guiding consumers and businesses to select products that are compatible, are reliable, and perform well on Windows. Devices and software can earn the "Compatible with Windows 7" logo and PCs will be eligible for the "Windows 7" logo.
Innovate with New Things Possible in Windows 7
Device makers can unlock new value with a collection of new features introduced in Windows 7 that improve how users discover and interact with devices connected to their PC. Get started evaluating your opportunity on Windows Hardware Developer Central where several new whitepapers outline how to start building new device experiences on Windows 7 today.
New Things Happening with the WDK
WDK Beta Announcement
Microsoft is pleased to announce that the Windows Driver Kit (WDK) beta is available to any driver developers who wish to participate in the WDK beta program.
The WDK team would like to encourage driver developers to sign up for the WDK beta program, download the WDK beta, and submit feedback. Specifically, we would like you to use the WDK beta to help you ensure your drivers build without errors in the Windows 7 build environment. The WDK beta includes new tools and samples and will contain the headers and libraries you need to build drivers for the new technologies and device features introduced in Windows 7.
If you are interested in participating in the beta, send an e-mail message to email@example.com. In return, you will receive an invitation to the WDK beta program with instructions on how to join.
For more information on the WDK, see the WDK and Developer Tools page on WHDC.
Windows Logo Program Tools and News
WLK 1.3 Release Announcement
We are pleased to announce the RTM of the Windows Logo Kit (WLK) 1.3 now available for download via Microsoft Connect. The primary purpose of this release is to provide preview content for Windows 7 logo requirements so partners can begin work on Windows 7. The preview also includes simplified Windows Vista tests that go into effect in the annual refresh this summer. More details about this release can be found in next week's Windows Logo Newsletter.
For more information on the Windows Logo Program, visit the Windows Logo Program home page.
Tools and Links for Developers
Windows Driver Developer Kits, Tools, and Programs
Developing Drivers with the Windows Driver Foundation