Direct x - A mile stone in graphics and games
You might have seen that when some games are installed, it askes to install Direct X. When the visualization of Winamp media player is switched on, it also indicates that you have to install direct X 3D.
DirectX, formerly known as the Game SDK, is a term given for a collection of Windows APIs (Application Protocol Interface) for easily handling tasks related to game programming on the Microsoft Windows Operating System. This set of development helps high performance games to the low-level functions of PC peripherals. DirectX access is the hardware abstraction layer in Windows.
DirectX® 11 is the very latest in high-speed, high-fidelity gaming and computing. Actually, this next generation of Windows DirectX graphic technology is to support a wide range of Windows 3D Games and support Graphic display devices.
After making DirectX 10 available for Windows Vista, Microsoft has released this DirectX 11 with DirectX 3D 11 for Windows 7.Direct X 3D (the 3D graphics API within DirectX) is widely used in the development of video games for example, Microsoft Xbox etc. Direct3D is also used by other software applications for visualization and graphics tasks.