Aaron Stebner, a Program Manager on the Windows Media Center team at Microsoft, reports that the Windows Media Center SDK for Vista Beta 2 is now available. This SDK is available to both Vista beta testers (via Microsoft Connect), and MSDN subscribers.
New features of this version of the SDK include:
- Further enhancements to the SDK documentation (MedctrSDK.chm that will be located in %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Media Center\v5.0\docs after installing the SDK);
- Bug fixes for the Hosted HTML samples and the Visual Studio project templates;
- Updated getting started page that launches at the end of setup; and,
- Removal of the MSAS sample application because it has not yet been updated from previous versions of the Windows Media Center SDK. If you need to access this sample, you can download and install the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2 SDK.
In general, the Media Center SDK is designed to help developers create applications and software components that take advantage of features provided by the Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system. For those that want to develop for the current version of Media Center (Media Center 2005 with Update Rollup 2), the SDK for that version is available here.
A great place for discussion of Media Center development issues is The Media Center Sandbox and its associated development forum. For anyone interested in developing additions to the Media Center platform, those two sites should be among your first points of information.
Update - June 17, 2006 - The abovementioned SDK is now available to the public as described in this new blog entry.