What Do HANDLE and GetStdHandle() Mean? - Win API/C/C++

Can you please tell me what does the code below do? I read msdn resources but didn't help much.

HANDLE hConsole;
	hConsole = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE);

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It obtains the Windows equivalent of 'stdout', which is a Windows file handle (HANDLE) for a console application. See also http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms683231(VS.85).aspx ("GetStdHandle") and http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms682075%28VS.85%29.aspx ("Console Handles")

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