In order to share with the developer community how to write complete functial Microsoft Surface applications, the Surface team released “Social Stream for Microsoft Surface 2.0,” is a sample application created in collaboration between Microsoft and Stimulant, Inc.
It is an interactive way for businesses to engage their customers face-to-face using the most recent and relevant Twitter, Flickr, and RSS newsfeed,” informs Luis Cabrera – Surfaces.
“Community generated photos, tweets, and stories flow across the Microsoft Surface display so that several people can touch and share interesting content with one another. People can flip the content over to generate a Microsoft Tag, and then use their phones to scan it and go straight to the source in their mobile web browser. From there they can further explore the content or jump into the conversation.”
“The source for this cool sample is is highly customizable and extensible. Developers will learn how to use fundamental Surface controls, web services and Surface byte tags.”
“The Social Stream Configuration Tool portion of the sample demonstrates how to allow administrators to quickly re-skin the interface and branding elements to make it their own. Learn how to create tools that give Surface administrators access through a hidden status panel by placing down a tagged (Surface Byte Tag) item, on the screen to adjust flow direction, control the volume, or quickly remove inappropriate content and accounts – all without having to leave the application or interrupt the experience,” read the description of the app.
“With a little more time, the default feeds can be expanded to other services or pointed directly at a new feed by extending it with custom code.”
You can download Social Stream for Microsoft Surface 2.0 from Microsoft Developer Network.