Thursday, 24 September 2009

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3: Silverlight for Windows Embedded

Hi folks,

Now that “Cashmere” has been officially announced to RTM on September 28th as Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 I can at last talk to you about the new features after playing around with the CTP (Community Technology Preview) for a month or so.

I guess the most anticipated new feature in Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 is Silverlight. But be aware: Silverlight is not Silverlight! Silverlight on your desktop is not the same as Silverlight on Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3. Let’s have a look at the key differences:

  • The first noticeable difference is the name; on Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 it is called “Silverlight for Windows Embedded” whereas on the desktop it is just called Silverlight.


  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded is used to develop user interfaces (UI) for shells and applications running on a Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 device, whereas Silverlight is used to develop interactive applications for the web running in a web browser.


  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded hosts the object tree (an entity that represents a Silverlight 2 XAML element tree (= visual tree)) in a visual host that has an underlying Win32 window, whereas Silverlight hosts the object tree in a plug-in for an internet browser window.


  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded supports native C++ only, while Silverlight is based on the .NET Framework and uses managed code written in Visual C# .NET, Visual Basic, IronPython and JavaScript.


  • The Silverlight for Windows Embedded API set is a completely new API set, separate from the Silverlight APIs, although much of the Silverlight 2 functionality is mirrored in Silverlight for Windows Embedded. NOTE: Silverlight 3 functionality is not yet supported in Silverlight for Windows Embedded.


  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded does NOT support Hyperlink controls or Databinding.

    • The following picture shows you an example of a shell based on Silverlight for Windows Embedded:


      As you can see Silverlight for Windows Embedded and Silverlight are not exactly the same. For instance you can not install the Silverlight plug-in on your Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 device.

      In the next post I am going to talk about how to use Silverlight for Windows Embedded on your Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 device – so stay tuned!

      Have fun!

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