Whether you are developing for computers with one processor or several, you want your application to provide the most responsive interaction with the user, even if the application is currently doing other work. Using multiple threads of execution is one of the most powerful ways to keep your application responsive to the user and at the same time make use of the processor in between or even during user events. While this section introduces the basic concepts of threading, it focuses on managed threading concepts and using managed threading. Those interested in reading more about threading in general and in Microsoft Windows operating systems in particular should see the Microsoft Platform SDK and articles in the Microsoft® MSDN® developer program at

In This Section

  • Managed Threading Basics
    Provides an overview of managed threading and discusses when to use multiple threads.
  • Using Threads and Threading
    Explains how to create, start, pause, resume, and abort threads.
  • Managed Threading Best Practices
    Discusses levels of synchronization, how to avoid deadlocks and race conditions, single-processor and multiprocessor computers, and other threading issues.
  • Threading Objects and Features
    Describes the managed classes you can use to synchronize the activities of threads and the data of objects accessed on different threads, and provides an overview of thread pool threads.