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About Windows APIs

Microsoft is a household name in the computing world. The Windows operating system is the most popular operating system in the world since the first launch in 1985. Microsoft has redefined itself in the computing scope to produce more other products such as Bing search engine, Windows phones, and computers.

The services rendered by its Microsoft Office tools have completely changed the business world. In every sector of any economy, a Microsoft product is essential for building reports, projects, and data analysis. For excellent use of Microsoft desktop software and mobile applications, there is a need to employ the Windows API.

Microsoft Windows APIs are a collection of various data structures and libraries that instructs a Windows program to perform a given function.

How a Windows API work

Most of the APIs works by utilizing C or C++ programming languages in the scripts. However, Microsoft allows the integration of other popular languages such as Java and Python. You must log install Visual Studio Code and integrate the right code environment you want for your project.

Alternatively, developers can utilize Microsoft Azure to make APIs. When using Microsoft Azure, you must request an API key that allows you to use the API.

Generally, you have to create a directory for your scripts. Ensure that you have declared the dll. That means the script has a header name that invokes the script and performs what the script says. The script usually ends with .dll (dynamic-link libraries) or .exe (executable) extensions.

Responses of the API are in XAML and XML data interchange formats. Thus, when the user clicks a given interface in Windows the API quickly receives the request and processes the scripts in that interface. The API then returns the results as per the request of the user.


Developers - Application developers use the API to create tools that allow the API to perform specified functions once invoked.

End-user Application Designers - Designers use Windows APIs to create and build application designs that are relevant to the final clients.

Benefits of the APIs

  • Helps in networking
  • Efficient in fast access to web services
  • Allows high performance in messaging
  • Helps to send and retrieve graphics and multimedia services
  • Object linking


The Microsoft Windows APIs will help in creating interfaces that allow fast access to programs in Windows software. Though the main languages used are C and C++ there is a rise in integration with other more popular languages such as Python.

Windows API SDKs

All Windows APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:

  1. Node.js
  2. PHP
  3. Python
  4. Ruby
  5. Objective-C
  6. Java (Android)
  7. C# (.NET)
  8. cURL

Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.

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