The introduction of the iPad and other slates demonstrates that end users have a strong appetite for touch-enabled experiences. MFC 10 adds comprehensive support for touch functionality, allowing users with tablet PCs and digitizers to interact with applications in a simple, natural manner, including gestures and multi-touch.
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The Office 2007 suite of applications introduced the Ribbon UI element to combine and simplify application toolbars and menus into a single, consistent area for invoking task-specific application commands. Windows 7 ships with a Ribbon control, and Visual C++ developers have easy access to this built-in Ribbon functionality through MFC 10 enhancements.
Shell Links are a Windows feature that has been present since the very first 32-bit Windows release in 1995, and are the technology that the ubiquitous Windows shortcuts are built upon. Windows 7 Jump List tasks also use Shell links, creating renewed interest in using Shell links as a technique for interacting with applications.
The Windows 7 Taskbar is one of the most noticeable and useful features of the new operating system, and MFC 10 introduces a number of enhancements that make it easy to integrate the Taskbar with your application.
Jump Lists provide a simple and convenient way for users to open documents and perform common tasks, and Windows 7 provides basic support for Jump Lists with no explicit application development. C++ developers can improve their applications by using the MFC class CJumpList to provide custom jump list items for easier application interaction.
This C++ tutorial demonstrates how MFC 10 delivers on it's promise by delivering the boiler-plate functionality required to build a professional Windows C++ application with minimal effort while allowing .NET developers to customize aspects of MFC behavior.
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