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. You can find information here about issues that are important for designers and driver developers who create products that run on systems running Windows.
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 8.1, 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.
Details for supporting Universal Serial Bus (USB) and earlier keyboards, mice, and other human input devices. See also: Smart Card Devices, Touch in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, and Windows Biometric Framework.
Tips on using the Windows Image Color Management (ICM) 2.0 API so that applications can take advantage of color management capabilities in Windows.
In Windows 8.1, Windows Store device apps let device manufactures and mobile operators create modern, branded experiences for their devices. A Windows Store device app is a special kind of Windows Store app that can perform device updates, start from AutoPlay (on more devices than other apps can), and automatically install when the device is first connected. Windows Store device apps can also extend the camera and printer experiences built in to Windows 8.1.
Device Stage is a platform within Windows 7 that lets device manufacturers deliver a branded device experience when their device is connected to Windows 7. Device Stage is like a home page for your device that makes it easier for users to perform common tasks, find applications and services, and troubleshoot any problems they might have.
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.