Today, however, it seems the company has given in to critics, and will make some features available to those with Windows 7.
Microsoft says the following features will be added to W7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, as well:
ID3D11Device1, ID2D1Factory1, IDWriteFactory1, IDXGIFactory2, IWICImagingFactory2, ID3DUserDefinedAnnotation and related APIs are available
Improved Direct3D 11 device interoperability via ID3DDeviceContextState, including the improved interop with Direct2D/DirectWrite
D3D11_FEATURE_DATA_D3D9_OPTIONS feature detection
In addition to the new Windows 8 WIC features, this update also fixes decoding of 96bpp floating-point TIFF images.
Everything else will remain a Windows 8 exclusive.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Nov 2012 14:59