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Using the ABI on XP, Windows 7 etc.

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  • I understand the WinRT itself is not going to be ported to down-level platforms like Windows 7 and XP. But will the Abstract Binary Interface (ABI) feature be made available? It seems a pretty neat way for C++ developers to be able to expose native code components to .Net developers.
    Friday, September 16, 2011 3:00 PM

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  • You can use COM to invoke native code from .Net code, under XP, Vista, 7.

    Note that you invoke WinRT API using something wich is very similar to COM.

    Saturday, September 17, 2011 7:00 PM
  • Hi Samuel,

    There are no plans to backport this technology (ABI or WinRT) to any previous OS.

    Thanks,

    David Lamb

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 8:52 PM
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  • Hi Samuel,

    There are no plans to backport this technology (ABI or WinRT) to any previous OS.

    Thanks,

    David Lamb


    That's a pity because the ABI in conjunction with C++/CX would have made calling and creating COM libraries a breeze.
    http://blog.voidnish.com
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:00 AM
  • Hi Samuel,

    There are no plans to backport this technology (ABI or WinRT) to any previous OS.

    Thanks,

    David Lamb


    That's a pity because the ABI in conjunction with C++/CX would have made calling and creating COM libraries a breeze.
    http://blog.voidnish.com

    Well, you're right but if you think from Microsoft perspective, it's all about selling new technologies.

    Microsoft MVP VC++ | www.mariusbancila.ro/blog | www.codexpert.ro
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9:15 PM