If you want to develop high-performance and high-quality commercial applications, you'll still look to C++ and native code. Direct2D will help you deliver the graphics power you need.
MSDN Magazine June 2009
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Layered windows provide the unique ability to compose a window on the desktop using per-pixel alpha blending. We take a look at how you can implement this drawing technique in Direct2D.
MSDN Magazine December 2009
In this article, the author shows you how to draw with Direct2D by introducing Direct2D's color structure and its various types of brushes.
MSDN Magazine September 2009
This is Part 2 of a multipart article series on Windows 7. The focus of Part 2 is the Windows 7 taskbar.
Yochay Kiriaty & Sasha Goldshtein
MSDN Magazine July 2009
This is Part 1 of a multipart article series on Windows 7. This article is about the new user profile storage concept in Windows 7, called Libraries.
See how the former Microsoft Project Codename "Dallas" has matured into an information marketplace that makes it easy to find and purchase the data you need to power applications and analytics.
MSDN Magazine November 2010
Windows Azure AppFabric Caching service provides an easy-to-use cache in the cloud that you can employ for application data, maintaining session state, and other tasks. We'll show you how to start using the Cache service in your apps today.
Wade Wegner, Karandeep Anand
MSDN Magazine April 2011