You often hear about Microsoft Windows SideShow together with the .NET Micro Framework. SideShow is an environment based on the .NET Micro Framework that runs on devices containing the framework; it can get content from a host computer and display that content on small devices. SideShow-enabled devices can be permanently connected to a computer, or you can use them independently of the host computer that provides the content. For example, a SideShow-enabled auxiliary display on a notebook cover enables you to browse your appointments or read e-mail while your notebook is turned off. The next time the notebook is turned on, the two devices synchronize.

Devices enabled to use SideShow include the following:
• An auxiliary display for a PC or notebook
• A remote control with a display
• A designer bag with a built-in
• A cordless phone
• A picture frame
• A portable media player

You can see more SideShow-enabled devices at

The content displayed by SideShow-enabled devices is described in the Simple Content Format (SCF), which is based on XML. You can create a custom gadget application for SideShow in native or managed code that runs on your Windows host computer and provides SCF content to a connected SideShow-enabled device. The device’s SideShow-enabled environment, which is written with the .NET Micro Framework, shows the SCF content as well as supporting interaction, like menu navigation and responses to other user input.

The SideShow-enabled environment on the devices is now also available for Windows Mobile and could theoretically be ported to other platforms. However, the .NET Micro Framework does the job well. Microsoft provides a Windows SideShow Device SDK for the .NET Micro Framework that allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to write built-in applications with the .NET Micro Framework and install them on their SideShow-enabled devices.

Source of Information : Apress Expert Dot NET Micro Framework 2nd Edition (09-2009)


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