The Windows SDK beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been updated.
Along with the public releases of Windows 7 beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 beta, last month Microsoft handed out the Software Development Kit (SDK) beta for both operating systems. This week, Microsoft released an updated SDK beta on the Microsoft Download Center (1304.8MB). Here’s what’s on the .iso file:
“The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA provides the documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools (including C++ compilers) that you need to develop applications to run on Windows 7 BETA and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1,” says the company. “To build and run .NET Framework applications, you must have the corresponding version of the .NET Framework installed. This SDK is compatible with Visual Studio® 2008, including Visual Studio Express Editions, which are available free of
The Release Notes haven’t changed too much. The most important thing to note about this release is that Microsoft emphasizes that all of this documentation is preliminary and is subject to change. I would still recommend downloading it and using it in conjunction with the Windows 7 Developer Guide to get a feel for what you’ll want to update in your application to take advantage of the improvements in Vista’s successor.