Writing Context-Aware Applications: The Windows 7 Sensor and Location platform is now live!

As promised, at PDC we Microsoft made a disclosure of Windows 7 to the general public!

And, as I told previously, we now are shipping a context-aware Platform consisting of Sensor & Location platforms as a part of Windows 7!

Today and by end of PDC you can go to Windows 7 stend in Microsoft Pavilion and talk to Alec Berntson and Dan Polivy, those who managed to bring these platforms to live! Let me do not forget the rest of PC|3 team that worked so hard for last 1.5 years to make this real, Gavin Gear (Sensors Platform PM), and all of those who made the impossible a reality!

Based on this public disclosure, we launched our WHDC (Windows Hardware Developer Central) site today:


Here, you can learn about what our platform is, what the opportunities are for sensors and location, and how to get more information about our platform.

We have 3 whitepapers that you can use to get started with our platform:

Sensor and Location White Papers

White Paper Implementing Light-Aware UI Using the Windows Sensor and Location Platform [1.5 MB]  
White Paper Integrating Ambient Light Sensors with Windows 7 Computers [296 KB]  
White Paper Introducing the Windows Sensor and Location Platform [177 KB]  

Sensor and Location Labs

White Paper Hands-On Lab PCHOL13 Writing a Location-Aware Gadget [142 KB]  


Microsoft.com MSDN Developer Forum

Gavin Gear's Tech Blog

Shameless self promotion: come see my WinHEC session on Sensors and LocationTue, 28 Oct 2008 16:38:00 GMT

If you're at PDC 2008, you need to check out this context-aware computing session!Tue, 28 Oct 2008 00:26:00 GMT

Returning to my blog...Mon, 27 Oct 2008 17:24:00 GMT

And you, you all will also have access to our developer forum (will go live later today), Blogs, and other resources. 

Let me cite Gavin Gear, Sensors PM, in welcoming a such new important piece of Windows 7:

"Context-aware computing will bring tremendous value to our customers in the years to come, and the word is finally out!"


writing @ Microsoft PDC 2008, LA, California