Native Extensions 2.0 For Microsoft Silverlight Released
While Silverlight 4 supports accessing COM automation components from elevated trust OOB applications, many Windows platform features are currently not available through COM automation. This makes them inaccessible to such Silverlight OOB apps. Native Extensions for Microsoft Silverlight(NESL) is an effort to incrementally build a library of components that expose select Windows 7 features through COM automation, making them easily available to Silverlight 4 OOB applications running with elevated trust. The current version of NESL provides access to Windows 7 features like Sensors, Portable Devices, Speech, Taskbar and more. NESL is made up of a set of COM automation based runtime libraries, Silverlight wrapper libraries usable from Silverlight 4 OOB applications, sample applications with source, API documentation, and a developer's guide.
- New Features
- Touch Features
- Gesture support
- Manipulation processing support
- Inertia processing support
- Touch hardware information
- Windows 7 Notification Area (System Tray) support
- Add/Update/Remove notification icons to the notification area
- Add/Remove notification information balloons
- Respond to notification and notification balloon events
- Add/Update/Remove context menus to notification icons
- Respond to context menu selections
- “Minimize to tray”/”Restore from tray”
- “Single application instance” pattern support
- Allow only a single instance of the application to run at any time
- Be notified when a subsequent launch is attempted
- Aids in applications that add themselves to the system tray, and hence needs to maintain a single running instance.
- New feature demos illustrating for Local Encoding, Portable Devices, Touch and Sensors
- Full Developer Documentation and updated API Guide
- Bug Fixes
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