Why Develop for Windows Vista

As a developer, you can differentiate your applications with Windows Vista through innovative user experience, providing new ways to help users be productive and making applications more relevant—and just plain fun to use. New features make it easy to develop applications that communicate across the enterprise, around the world, as well as with nearby devices and machines. Windows Vista also provides a new set of APIs that help you make applications more predictable, manageable, and secure.

Security, Reliability and Manageability, and Error Reporting

Windows Vista has been redesigned from the foundation up to provide increased security, reliability, and manageability. Windows Vista brings a new level of confidence to the desktop experience in two ways:

  • From the user perspective, it means that a computer works—as expected, no surprises—and does exactly what it is expected to do.
  • From a developer perspective, it is about delivering on the basics and providing a platform for rock-solid applications.

Properly leveraging these advantages requires an understanding of the technologies that Windows Vista provides in three areas: security, reliability and management, and error reporting. 

1. Run Securely

Windows Vista provides a range of enhancements to the Windows security model, including the following technologies, features, and tools:

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2. Design for Reliability and Management

Reliable applications behave as their users anticipate. Windows Vista offers the following new developer services that make installing and running applications more predictable:

3. Establish a Customer Feedback Loop

Windows Vista provides an extensible error-reporting environment, integrated with a developer portal for viewing application reports. Developers can collect the data necessary to determine the top issues experienced by users running the applications, and then use the debug data provided to implement fixes. This feedback loop relies on the following components:

User Experience

Windows Vista offers everything developers need to create impressive user experiences. Developers can provide consistency and elegance in their user-interface designs by following user-education guidelines. Windows Vista includes the Windows Presentation Foundation, which enables developers to enrich user experiences in applications. Windows Vista also provides new tools that enable users to visualize, organize, and search within applications.

1. Follow the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines

Windows Vista offers a new look and user experience for users, including new common controls, translucent frames, a page navigation paradigm, and a standard search feature. By following the Windows Vista User Experience guidelines, developers can provide their users with a consistent and predictable user experience by implementing the following elements (among others):

2. Enrich the User Experience

Windows Vista provides a number of tools and technologies aimed at creating a fantastic user experience, including the following:

3. Enable Users to Visualize, Organize, and Search

Windows Vista changes how users interact with their files, messages, and other items. With new concepts such as search folders, stacks, grouping and filtering, users are no longer restricted to using folders only as a way of organizing their content.

Developers can directly use many of the following Windows Vista search and organization features from within their applications:

Get Connected

Windows Vista provides a number of new technologies that help build connected systems that provide secure, reliable, transacted interoperability.

1. Get Connected with Core Technologies

Windows Vista incorporates the following core technologies that support connected systems:

2. Bring Data to Users with RSS

Windows Vista provides the following new technologies to bring data to users with Really Simple Syndication (RSS):

3. Make Document Data Accessible

Windows Vista introduces the following new features that make documents easier for users to find, manage, and create:

4. Build for Mobility

New advances in power management, network awareness and synchronization allow developers to create a more seamless user experience on Mobile PC applications. These advances cover the following areas: