The development tools released in Beta for Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 have shipped without a data security component that Microsoft has labeled deprecated. In this regard, developers will find that they will no longer come across CAPICOM.dll in the recently launched Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA, which accompanied the release of the first fully-fledged Beta build of Windows 7. Microsoft emphasized that the role played by CAPICOM.dll in the software development kit for Windows could be replaced by .NET Framework.
“CAPICOM.dll has been removed from the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA, and should be considered a deprecated component,” Karin Meier, Microsoft program manager, explained. “[The] .NET Framework [can be used] to implement security features for the following: Certificate Store Objects; Digital Signature Objects; Enveloped Data Objects; Data Encryption Objects; and Auxiliary Objects.”
The last update for CAPICOM, namely version 220.127.116.11, was made available back in 2007. The component served to digitally sign data and sign code, but also to assess digital signatures, envelop data for privacy, hash data, encrypt/decrypt data, according to Microsoft. Even though CAPICOM was offered for operating systems such as Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, the software giant is pointing developers to .NET Framework for the implementation of security features.
At the same time, the Redmond company continues to offer them the possibility to work with CAPICOM. However, the component will have to be accessed independently of the Windows SDK, especially the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA. “If you need to use CAPICOM.dll, you can download it separately. [The] download contains the redistributable files for CAPICOM 18.104.22.168 and samples of its use,” Meier added.
Platform SDK Redistributable: CAPICOM is available for download here.
Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available for download here.
Windows 7 Beta is available for download here.