Microsoft Releases Longhorn SDK


Microsoft has released something that a lot of developers have been waiting for: the Longhorn SDK. Included are the first widely published tools for building Longhorn applications. Beta 1 of the desktop version of Longhorn is still due ‘this summer’, but the new OS won’t mean much if there’s no software to run on it.

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Microsoft tests graphic design program


Microsoft Corp. has started public testing of a new graphics program designed to compete with Adobe Systems Inc.’s Photoshop and Illustrator products.

The Microsoft program, code-named Acrylic, can be used for digital painting, illustration and graphic design, the company said on its Web site yesterday. It’s based on technology that Microsoft acquired in 2003 when it bought Creature House Ltd., a Hong Kong-based maker of graphic-design software.

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