Smooth animations are fundamental to many graphical UI applications, and Windows 7 introduces a native animation framework for managing the scheduling and execution of animations. The animation framework supplies a library of useful mathematical functions for specifying behavior over time and also lets developers provide their own behavior functions. The framework supports sophisticated resolution of conflicts when multiple animations attempt to manipulate the same value simultaneously. An application can specify that one animation must be completed before another can begin and can force completion within a set time. The new framework also helps animations determine appropriate durations
Watch Yochay Kiriaty, Windows 7 Technical Evangelist, and Windows Ribbon Scenic Animation product team members Paul Kwiatkowski and Paul Gildea as we explain Windows Scenic Animation, why we need it, and which components of Windows use this amazing technology. Paul also has few cool demos that show the real power of this technology.
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With Windows Web Services, you can create applications that communicate easily with a local computer or a remote Web service. Windows Web Services is a native-code implementation of SOAP and provides core network communication by supporting a broad set of the Web services (WS) family of protocols. Windows Web Services is a peer to Windows Communication Foundation (WCF – managed-code Web services), and provides a high-performance subset of WCF functionality.
Watch Yochay Kiriaty, Windows 7 Technical Evangelist, and Windows Web Services API PM Nikola Dudar as we explain the Windows native Web Services APIs, and why Microsoft created a new set of Web Services APIs when we have WCF. For more technical content on Windows 7 and few cool code samples, go to the Windows 7 Blog for Developers.
You can always watch the Windows 7: Web Services in Native Code PDC session in case you missed the live session
This week on Channel 9, Dan and Brian are back to discuss:
- Windows 7 Beta 1 is unveiled at CES and available for download (expect slowness)
Download: 32-bit version, 64-bit version
- Larry Larsen from Channel 10 shows the key Beta 1 features in 3 minutes.
- The Channel 10 crew have a slew of videos on new stuff coming out of CES.
- Windows Live Essentials Wave 3 is now available for download (via Ars Technica)
- Kodu (originally called Boku) shows programming basics for kids.
- Yochay Kiriaty has several Windows 7 Taskbar videos available on Channel 9.
- Brian talks about the new show: 10-4 on Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0
- Brian's pick of the week: Apple's revolutionary new laptop with no keyboard
- Dan's pick of the week: Cool demo by Stimulant that combines a Microsoft Surface and a Wii Balance Board.