*Updated 10/24/11 with new link*

Application templates for both Microsoft .NET Framework 4 and .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, for use with Windows Embedded Standard 7, are now available on the Windows Embedded Standard 7 Compatible Applications website.

You use templates with ICE. You can download a template from the Web site and use the XML Merge functionality in ICE to combine the application template with your existing answer file. This creates a new answer file that includes everything in your original answer file, plus any additional component and feature package information that is required to support that application. You can also use the template without merging it with another template, by resolving all its dependencies, and turning it into an answer file. For more info see the video in this blog post.

The .NET Framework is Microsoft's comprehensive and consistent programming model for building applications that have visually stunning user experiences, seamless and secure communication, and the ability to model a range of business processes. The .NET Framework 4 works side by side with older Framework versions.

The Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile provides a subset of features from the .NET Framework 4. The Client Profile is designed to run client applications and to enable the fastest possible deployment for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Forms technology. Application developers who require features that are not included in the Client Profile should target the full .NET Framework 4 instead of the Client Profile.

You can get the .NET Framework 4 redistributable bits to install on the runtime image from the ECE site.

Note that the bits for Silverlight 3 are also now available on the ECE site.

- Lynda