DirectX 11 for Windows Vista

Microsoft upgrades Windows Vista with DirectX 11

Microsoft will bring the graphical base of Windows Vista to the level of Windows 7. A Beta version of the DirectX 11 package for Vista has already been released.
DirectX 11 available for Vista
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Windows Vista will get some of Windows 7's features. A basic component of this process is the upgrade of the graphics technology to the level of Windows 7. Therefore Microsoft is said to have made a Beta version of DirectX 11 for Vista available on the update platform. With this Beta, users, who have Windows Vista SP2, gain access to the latest version of the DirectX 11 package.

The DirectX 11 technology doesn't consist of a single component but of many different packages. With the current version user can for example use individual components like DirectWrite, Direct2D, direct2D 11, Direct3D 10 Level 9 and DXGI 1.1. In addition to the DirectX components the download will also contain Windows Graphics, Imaging and XPS Library for Windows Imaging components and the PS Rasterization Service.

Since the update is only available for Vista with Service Pack, users who haven't yet installed SP2, won't be able to use the DirectX 11 Beta. The same applies to users of Windows Server 2008. According to the report at it has not been revealed if the DirectX 11 package will also be released as a stand-alone version.

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Author: Michael Brandau (Sep 15, 2009)

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