I’ve just received an email from Microsoft inviting for the new WDK Beta for Windows 7. The Windows Driver Kit, which includes the kernel-mode driver framework (KMDF) and user-mode driver framework (UMDF), along with the Windows Logo Kit, are the step one for building software which interacts deeply with the OS or with hardware devices, such as device drivers or filesystems.
Dear WDK/WLK User:
I would like to invite you to join the WDK Beta program for Windows 7. The PC Ecosystem Connect site will provide you with Windows 7 beta downloads of:
- The WDK
- Free and Checked Builds of the OS
- The WLK
- The Windows SDK
The feedback link at the site will create a report that goes directly into the Windows 7 bug database – you will get email as your issue is resolved, so you can track it.
Please join the beta, download the WDK, and make sure all of your drivers build correctly using the new WDK. Also, check out OACR – it runs Prefast for Drivers by default whenever you build a driver.
Thank you for your help.
Ensuring a smooth transition to Windows 7 is great deal for Microsoft, as compatibility problems with both existing and newer hardware was Vista‘s major issue when it first hit the stores, causing permanent damage to its popularity even if most of those issues are already gone.
Hopefully Microsoft has learned the first impression the public gets about the OS will be the real matter; Vista was certainly ahead of its time but it was needed to make room (and need) for a new, polished and fresh product, which I hope is going to be Seven. I hope Microsoft gets everything right this time.