Microsoft WGF (DirectX 10 or DirectX 9.0L)

Introduced: 2007-H1

Description: New version of DirectX, aka 9.0+ or 9.L succeeding DirectX 9.0c. Now reuniting DirectX with DirectDraw. The name is changed from DirectX to WGF (Windows Graphic Foundation) and then back again. Longhorn's user interface will for example be based on WGF version 2.0 (coming in 2006). Includes Shader Model 4.0 support, and likely to be part of XNA. Will be included in Longhorn and will also support programming Xbox2. Includes "Classic", "Aero", and "Aero Glass" modes (see Beyond3D link below).
DX10 is a much cleaned up version designed to run faster. Removes backwards compatibility with DX 9 and older. For running older games an extra layer of software will be used. May cause older games to run slower.

Type: Software [Roadmap] [Timeline]

State: Planned

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2006-12-30 The Full ATI R600 Test Level 505 [rm]

2006-11-09 Say Hello To DirectX 10, Or 128 ALUs In Action: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX (G80) [rm]

2006-11-08 New NVIDIA Products Transform the PC Into the Definitive Gaming Platform Nvidia [rm]

2006-10-02 Nvidia to launch DirectX 10 chip in mid-November: Nvidia is expected to announce the world's first DirectX 10-compliant graphics chip, the GeForce 8800 (codenamed G80), in the middle of November, graphics card makers revealed. Howev... DigiTimes [rm]

2006-07-17 DirectX 9 no good for physics on GPU: As DirectX 9 cannot support a lot of objects it is definitely not the perfect answer for running physics on your GPU. The Inquirer [rm]

2006-07-14 Intel's Mobile Platform to Support DirectX 10 Graphics: Intel's Santa Rosa to Feature DirectX 10 Graphics Core Xbit Labs [rm]

2006-06-20 Vole prepares DirectX 10.1  The Inquirer [rm]

2006-06-19 No DirectX 10 hardware yet available The Inquirer [rm]

2006-06-15 Direct X 10 will be Vista only The Inquirer [rm]

2006-06-15 ATI talks Direct X 10 The Inquirer [rm]

2006-06-15 Direct X 10 games to come in Q1 2007 The Inquirer [rm]

2006-06-13 SIS flashes DX10 video and low-power roadmaps The Inquirer [rm]

2006-06-12 2006, 2007 SIS Core Logic Roadmap:  New DX10 graphics core DailyTech [rm]

2006-01-11 New 3D Graphics Card Features in 2006 Tom's Hardware [rm]

2005-12-13 DirectX SDK - (December 2005) Microsoft [rm]

2005-12-13 Microsoft quietly releases first glimpse at DirectX 10 Tom's Hardware [rm]

2005-11-16 AMD promises quad cores by 2007 The Inquirer [rm]

2005-09-16 DirectX 9.0L is the next Direct X The Inquirer [rm]

2005-09-02 Microsoft speaks DirectX 10:  WGF is dead, please welcome DX10 The Inquirer [rm]

2005-03-21 R520, "Fudo" is Longhorn WGF 1.0 compliant The Inquirer [rm]

2005-03-09 Microsoft Lays Out Future Directions for DirectX: Game Developers Conference: Microsoft outlines the evolution of DirectX going forward, including the blurring of differences between consoles and PCs. Increasing development costs and the... ExtremeTech [rm]

2005-02-03 Microsoft Avalon is basically next DX 10 The Inquirer [rm]

2005-01-13 Windows Longhorn to make graphics card important The Inquirer [rm]

2004-12-05 NVIDIA Reportedly Scraps Two Major Projects: NVIDIA's NV48, NV50 Cancelled, Successors Unknown Xbit Labs [rm]

2004-09-27 Next generation DirectX - WGF almost finished The Inquirer [rm]

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