Background Agents are a new feature in Windows Phone 7.5, that a developer can use to empower their application to run code in the 'background' regardless of whether or not the application is running.
This is a radical development. Applications on Windows Phone can now deliver experiences that can dynamically perform operations in the background. There are a wide variety of scenarios that this can enable, from driving a live tile locally on the phone, to periodically updating a server application with location information, to periodically downloading new content from a web service in the background.
In this video, Alex shows you how to modify an existing application to take advantage of this exciting new feature.
Let us know if you have any questions!
Larry Lieberman, @larryalieberman
Other videos in the "Get to Mango" video series:
- From XNA to SL XNA
- Adding FAS to XNA
- Adding FAS to a Typical Silverlight Application
- Adding Secondary Tiles
- Adding Background Agents < -- YOU ARE HERE
- Using a Live Camera Feed
- Using Push Notifications with Secondary Tiles and Deep Toast
- Using a Local Database
- Background Audio