Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 introduced new ways of creating Windows
Management Infrastructure (MI) applications. This topic highlights these changes and, where
appropriate, provides links for more information:
The new version of MI maintains full compatibility with the older Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
Both new and existing WMI providers work with the new MI client applications. Existing client applications
work with new and existing WMI providers. The new Indications and CIM Errors are mapped to the older Events
& WMI error structures automatically.
The new version of MI ships as a downloadable update to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2,
and Windows Server 2008 Standard via the
Windows Management Framework 3.0.