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Microsoft says Directx 11.1 is exclusive to Windows 8

Windows 7 users wanting the latest version will have to upgrade
Wed Nov 14 2012, 13:10
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has admitted that the latest version of its multimedia API Directx 11.1 is exclusive "for all practical purposes" to Windows 8 systems, leaving behind Windows 7 users.

On the firm's developer network blog, Microsoft developer Daniel Moth said, "Directx 11.1 is part of Windows 8, just like Directx 11 was part of Windows 7. Directx 11 was made available for Vista, but at this point there is no plan for Directx 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7."

Moth added that if the plan changes for Directx 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7, users can expect that the firm will be blogging about it. "I personally am still crossing my fingers, but not as tightly as I did a few months ago," he said.

We've asked Microsoft for a comment about whether there are any plans for Directx 11.1 to be made available for Windows 7.

In the meantime, the lack of a Directx 11.1 update for Windows 7 could present issues for gamers who are not planning to install Windows 8 anytime soon, especially if games and other visually intensive software applications start demanding Directx 11.1. µ


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