CHAPTER 7

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Working with Media

Media experiences have long been a weakness in Microsoft platforms, but not because those features aren’t inherently available in the system. Windows provides a wide spectrum of built-in playback and management features. The area in which the platform has fallen short is in the exposing of media content-creation and -management facilities to the developers in an experience consistent with the programming paradigms they have marketed to us over the years. If you know DirectX or any of the low-level APIs, then you’re good to go as far as this. But the reach of such technologies has traditionally not fallen far from organizations ...

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