Jaime Rodriguez On Windows Phone, Windows Presentation Foundation, Silverlight and Windows 7
A missing feature from Windows phone 7.0 was the ability to set the Background and Foreground color in the SystemTray. For branded apps (like Facebook) this was a problem cause the tray looked ugly, so most of these apps had to hide it, hiding important notifications (like clock, battery indicator ) from the user..
In Mango, you can finally set Foreground (of type System.Windows.Media.Color ), and Background (type Color too) on SystemTray. I hope that going forward, all apps start setting IsVisible=”true” on the system tray. There is no excuse now for hiding it any more. I just looked at the API and found two other nice surprises:
Of course, there is one more nicety in SystemTray (ProgressIndicator). I will share my code on that in the next post (hopefully tomorrow)..
Happy Windows Phone “Mango” coding!!