Windows Vista has lots of goodies for native C++ developers including condition variables, slim reader/writer locks, and one-time initialization.
Robert Saccone and Alexander Taskov
MSDN Magazine June 2007
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As more and more multi-threaded software applications get developed, software development professionals need to adopt new tools, techniques and metrics that can deal with multi-threaded software. Synchronization coverage is a simple, practical way to do this and this article covers a prototype synchronization coverage tool for .NET, called Sync Cover.
Chris Dern, Roy Tan
MSDN Magazine September 2009
In this month's installment, Kenny Kerr sings the praises of the new Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack, which brings modern conveniences to Visual C++.
MSDN Magazine June 2008
The author creates a managed wrapper to use the new IFileOperations interface in Windows Vista from managed code.
MSDN Magazine December 2007
A Sidebar gadget is a powerful little too that's surprisingly easy to create. Get in on the fun with Donavon West.
MSDN Magazine August 2007
With the release of Windows Vista, C++ developers will be happy to know there's plenty of magic left to perform. This new column will provide the necessary insight.
Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) is meant to be a long-term replacement for the CryptoAPI, providing replacements for all of the cryptographic primitives it offered.
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User Account Control in Windows Vista keeps the OS safe from intentional and accidental configuration changes.
MSDN Magazine January 2007
Why is a change to the Windows logon plug-in interface so exciting? Because with credential providers you can customize the logon experience for your users.
Everything you need to know about locales in Windows Vista.
Kieran Snyder and Shawn Steele
MSDN Magazine December 2006
Smart cards are a compelling alternative to the reliance on passwords, which are the weakest link in authentication systems. Get the Windows smart card programming basics here.
MSDN Magazine November 2006
P2P applications face a number of barriers preventing their wide adoption as a productivity solution. Fortunately Windows Vista improves the situation, as you'll learn here.
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Windows XP and the Microsoft .NET Framework both have APIs that support globalization. Windows VistaT will further extend globalization support by introducing several new features.
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Windows Vista includes a built-in speech recognition engine exposed through a number of new APIs that will let your users interact with your app using speech rather than a keyboard or mouse. Here Robert Brown explains speech recognition and introduces you to the APIs to use in your upcoming Windows Vista applications.
MSDN Magazine January 2006