For each device class in the Windows platform, hardware designers and driver developers require unique implementation tips and tools for ensuring reliability and good performance. These pages address issues that are important for designers and driver developers who create products that run on systems that run Windows operating systems.
Design guidelines for Universal Audio Architecture and new PC audio hardware such as HD Audio.
Details for using the Protected Broadcast Driver Architecture (PBDA) platform to integrate virtually any free or premium TV service into Windows Media Center on a Windows-based PC.
Details on Windows support for device discovery through Plug and Play and other key user experiences. Also, details about Windows support for device connectivity through wired and wireless networking technologies.
Tips for DirectX hardware and Windows Display Driver Model.
Tips for media recording and playback devices.
Guidelines for local area network (LAN) devices, enterprise networking, and Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) drivers. See also: Mobile Broadband in Windows 8, Mobile Broadband in Windows 7.
Tips on using the Optical Platform API to add support for optical devices and media without having to develop optical ecosystem expertise.
Tips on how vendors can easily add support for new printer hardware. Also, details about the XML Paper Specification (XPS).
Tips for personal and enterprise storage drivers and hardware.
Tips on using the Windows Image Color Management (ICM) 2.0 API so that applications can take advantage of color management capabilities in Windows.
Windows Store device apps are the new device experience for Window 8 that allow an app associated with a device to be automatically distributed to users when the device is first connected. These apps can extend experiences built-in to Windows 8 and can be downloaded from the Windows Store.
Introduction to the collection of new features in Windows 7, designed to improve how users discover and use devices that are connected to their PC.
Tips on using Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) and Windows Imaging Component (WIC) for capturing and managing images.
Tips on a flexible way computers can communicate with storage devices, mobile phones, and other connected devices.
Introduction to a standard way to integrate sensor and location devices into Windows.
Guidelines for enriching devices with the SideShow platform.