Microsoft is not only serving Critical security updates designed to patch vulnerabilities in pre-release versions of Windows 7, but also refreshes meant to boost the operating system’s compatibility level. With Win 7, the Redmond company placed a strong focus on delivering backwards compatibility with Vista-tailored software and hardware products, and even went as far as labeling the next iteration of the Windows client with version 6.1, while its precursor was just 6.0. Still, compatibility, just as security, is an ongoing effort, and Microsoft is ready to start improving Windows 7 as early as Beta Build 7000.
In this regard, the software giant made available for download the first compatibility update for Windows 7 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta. “Install this update to resolve issues with non-compatible applications for Windows 7 Beta,” Microsoft informed, indicating that the bits were also delivered through Windows Update, even if also available via the Download Center. It is important to note that in Windows 7 refreshes aimed to improve compatibility will be delivered under the same model as in Windows Vista. More »
Following the same strategy that it applied with Windows Vista as the operating system was making its way through the development process, Microsoft is now releasing the developer tools and resources designed to permit building on top of the Windows Media Center component in Windows 7. Made previously available via Microsoft Connect, the Windows Media Center Software Development Kit 6.0.2009.0106 Beta for Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 can now be accessed by the general public.
It is important to note that as far as the actual application programming interface goes, the latest release of Windows Media Center SDK 6.0 for Windows 7 Beta is similar to what the company already delivered to developers for the Milestone 3, pre-Beta Build of Win 7.
Speaking on the Windows Media Center Software Development Kit for Windows 7 Beta, Charlie Owen, product manager on the Media Center team said: “This has been available for beta testers via Connect for a while now and we finally got it posted for everyone.” More »
The Elevation PowerToys that have been initially made available for Windows Vista can now also be integrated with the first Beta of Windows 7. Fighting a bug in Win 7 Beta, Michael Murgolo, a senior consultant with Microsoft Services – U.S. East Region, and the maker of the Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista, has tweaked the tools, permitting users to integrate them with the current development milestone of the next iteration of Windows.
“The Elevate command in the Elevation PowerToys does not work correctly in the Windows 7 Beta. The application is launched elevated, but the arguments are not passed to the application. It turns out that this is caused by a known bug in the Windows 7 Beta. The ShellExecute method of the Shell Scripting Objects does not pass the argument parameter when it is stored in a variable,” Murgolo stated.
The issue was reported in December 2008, and this week Murgolo managed to come up with a solution designed to bypass the Windows 7 bug and allow the Elevation PowerToys to play nice with the operating system. Following the changes delivered by the developer, users should no longer have any issues when it comes down to the integration of the Elevation PowerToys into Windows 7 Beta. More »