Microsoft updates Windows 10 SDK Preview with new APIs, more

Heads up, developers: Microsoft has pushed out an update to the Windows 10 SDK Preview, bringing new APIs and more. Here's the breakdown of what's new in the Windows 10 SDK Preview version 10158:



  • This flight of Windows introduces two new related sets of APIs in the Windows.Devices.Perception and Windows.Devices.Perception.Providers namespaces. The Providers APIs allow IHVs and OEMs to expose depth, infrared, and color cameras (and related metadata) for computer vision into UWP, and to designate a camera as participating in Windows Hello face authentication. The Windows.Devices.Perception namespace contains the client APIs that allow a UWP application to access the color, depth, or infrared data of computer vision cameras. Windows.Media.Capture.AdvancedCapturedPhoto



  • AdvancedCapturedPhoto and AdvancedPhoto* APIs are new photo capture APIs for Windows 10 that enable apps to capture HDR photos on supported devices. For devices that do not ship with hardware HDR capabilities but support VPS (variable photo sequence), the API will use a platform provided algorithm to generate the HDR photo.


  • The Windows Photo Import API in the Windows.Media.Import namespace is a new, modern, asynchronous WinRT API enabling Windows Store and classic applications to import photos and videos from portable devices such as smart phones and digital cameras, as well as memory cards and other removable USB storage media, with an emphasis on ease of use and performance. One of the key features of the PhotoImport API is that it runs in the background so that even if your app is suspended / killed, the import keeps happening.

Types now converged

Here are just a few types we've heard people are interested in which have now converged. We will continue to converge types based on developer feedback.


  • Windows.Security.ExchangeActiveSyncProvisioning.EasClientDeviceInformation

Unless you're developing for Windows 10, a lot of that will look like a foreign language. However, if you are a developer, you've got some new APIs to play with. As Microsoft notes in its blog post, you'll want to change the target version of your your project to the newest Windows 10 build before moving forward.

Source: Microsoft

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