Microsoft makes Vista kernel APIs available

By Justin Mann on December 20, 2006, 8:34 PM
After receiving a lot of backlash from the community, Microsoft reluctantly agreed to open up certain parts of the Vista kernel to software developers, making it easier for them to create software that will work with it. Security software, in particular. Only two months after that agreement, they have delivered. In a statement released yesterday, Microsoft has delivered Vista kernel APIs, both the 32-bit and 64-bit sections of relevant code. It should give these companies exactly what they want:

The APIs will offer security and nonsecurity software makers the ability to develop software that extends the functionality of the Windows kernel on 64-bit systems in a documented and supported manner, without disabling or weakening the protection offered by kernel patch protection, Microsoft said.
This isn't everything they asked for, though Microsoft still intends to release updated versions in the future, during the release of Vista Service Pack 1.

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nathanskywalker said:
[quote]certain parts[/quote]Part? That's going to come back to bite them. If they are going to let any of the source code for the kernel out, they should release all of it.
peas said:
They're probably worried about security threats from hackers examining the code. If I were Microsoft, I would be worried too.
nimo333 said:
I don't think that's a good idea Microsoft, I don't trust companies, I even think they are the ones that creates viruses and spyware so they can sell more of their anti-virus programs and stuff.
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