Portions of DirectX 11.1 to Make Its Way to Windows 7 SP1

edwardquilo - November 16, 2012 07:55AM in Operating Systems

It appears that Microsoft is offering DirectX 11.1 to Windows 7 users, thankfully. Well, not DirectX 11.1 in its entirety, but some features which could appease staunch Windows 7 enthusiasts who aren't interested in upgrading to Windows 8. As indicated on MSDN, these are included in the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 through KB 2670838, or what's called as the Platform Update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. Incidentally, the update also includes the Windows 7 Internet Explorer 10 Release Preview. Those who want to avoid the IE10 preview can also download KB 2670838 as a standalone prerelease update. Unfortunately, the update will be missing WDDM 1.2 as it remains a Windows 8 exclusive - along with the native support for stereoscopic 3D sans the use of third-party software. Here is a list of the features that will be deployed to Windows 7: