Optical Platform on Windows
The Windows Optical Platform delivers a solid optical burning set of APIs. Using the Optical Platform APIs, application developers can add support for optical devices and media without having to develop optical ecosystem expertise. The optical platform has been designed so that it can be expanded by software application developers to support new features.
For the optical platform to support an optical device, the device must support the industry specifications that are described as part of the Windows Logo program.
The Windows image mastering API (IMAPI) enables applications to stage and burn images to CD and DVD optical storage media. Other disk-like media that handle images in the same manner can also use this API. IMAPI samples linked through this site give developers insight into development using IMAPI.
New in Windows 8
Optical Platform White Papers
AutoRun and AutoPlay
Optical Storage Reference
Windows Optical Logo Program