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  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    A  new  {Microsoft}  programming 
  interface  {standard}  for  {Windows  95}.  DirectX  gives  (games) 
  programmers  a  standard  way  to  gain  direct  access  to  enhanced 
  hardware  features  under  Windows  95  instead  of  going  via  the 
  Windows  95  {GDI}.  Some  DirectX  code  runs  faster  than  the 
  equivalent  under  {MS  DOS}. 
  DirectX  promises  performance  improvements  for  graphics,  sound, 
  video,  3D,  and  network  capabilites  of  games,  but  only  where 
  both  hardware  and  software  support  DirectX. 
  DirectX  2  introduced  the  Direct3D  interface. 
  Current  version:  5,  as  of  Feb  1998.  Version  8  is  also 
  available  but  not  widespread.