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Summary  

A group of API's that are used to take care of tasks mostly related to multimedia and game programing on Windows or other Microft products.  The X in DirectX is relative to all the different API's that go with it like Direct3D or DirectDraw.  The names for Microsoft's consoles the Xbox and Xbox360 actually came from the fact that the platforms themselves use DirectX to run the games. 

DirectX API's  

  • Direct3D

  • DirectDraw

  • DirectMusic

  • DirectPlay

  • DirectSound



DirectX Versions

 
VersionRelease Date (Approximate)
 DirectX 1.0  
September 30, 1995
 
DirectX 2.0
 
1996
 
DirectX 2.0a
 
June 5, 1996
 
DirectX 3.0
 
September 15, 1996
 
DirectX 3.0a
 
December 1996
 
DirectX 3.0b
 
December 1996
 
DirectX 5.0
 
July 16, 1997
 
DirectX 5.2
 
May 5, 1998
 
DirectX 6.0
 
August 7, 1998
 
DirectX 6.1
 
February 3, 1999
 
DirectX 6.1a
 
May 5, 1999
 
DirectX 7.0
 
September 22, 1999
 
DirectX 7.0a
 
March 8, 2000
 
DirectX 7.1
 
September 14, 2000
 
DirectX 8.0
 
November 12, 2000
 
DirectX 8.0a
 
February 5, 2001
 
DirectX 8.1
 
October 25, 2001
 
DirectX 8.1a
 
2002
 
DirectX 8.1b
 
June 25, 2002
 
DirectX 8.2
 
2002
 
DirectX 9.0
 
December 19, 2002
 
DirectX 9.0a
 
March 26, 2003
 
DirectX 9.0b
 
August 13, 2003
 
DirectX 9.0c
 
August 4, 2004
 
DirectX 10
 
November 30, 2006
 
DirectX 11
 
October 27, 2009

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