Chapter 1. Software Development in Windows

In this chapter

Windows Evolution
Windows Architecture
Windows Developer Interface
Microsoft Developer Tools

Windows Evolution

Though this book focuses primarily on the post-Vista era of Windows, it’s useful to look back at the history of Windows releases, because the roots of several building blocks of the underlying architecture can be traced all the way back to the Windows NT (an abbreviation for “New Technology”) operating system. Windows NT was first designed and developed by Microsoft in the late ‘80s, and continued to evolve until its kernel finally became the core of all client and server versions of the Windows operating system.

Windows Release History

Windows XP marked a major milestone in the ...

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