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Windows Driver Framework Now on Github

Availability, transparency of code is aimed at giving Visual Studio developers a leg up on debugging device drivers.

Microsoft has open sourced the Windows Driver Framework onto the Github repository.

The Windows Driver Framework is a set of libraries for building device drivers with Visual Studio and the Windows Driver Kit. Availability of the source on Github gives developers a leg up on driver debugging. "This gives developers transparency into exactly what the framework does as their drivers interact with it." according to a blog post from J. M. Rossy, a program manager on the Windows Driver Framework team.

What's available is the source for Kernel Mode Driver Framework and User-Mode Driver Framework 2 (which supports Windows versions after 8.1). "You'll find that a great deal of the source is shared between the two," writes Rossy. "Driving the frameworks forward with a unified model is a key priority for WDF the team."

Windows 8.1 driver collection samples will remain on the Microsoft Gallery, but future ones for Windows 10 will be available through Github here.

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