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A device hosting framework provides hosting for software-implemented logical devices (including peripheral devices bridges) on a computer to expose their services as controlled devices per a peer networking protocol. The device hosting framework encapsulates discovery, description and control protocol operations of the peer networking protocol, which frees the developers of the hosted devices from having to individually implement the peer networking protocol in the hosted devices' software and need implement only the core functionality of the hosted device. The device hosting framework operates as a host supporting device interoperability via the peer networking protocol for multiple hosted devices.

Title
Peer networking host framework and hosting API
Application Number
9/872614
Publication Number
7171475 (B2)
Application Date
June 1, 2001
Publication Date
January 30, 2007
Inventor
Christopher M Rude
Redmond
WA, US
Mason K Bendixen
Bellevue
WA, US
William Michael Zintel
Kenmore
WA, US
Ravi T Rao
Redmond
WA, US
Shyamalan Pather
Redmond
WA, US
Daniel R Weisman
Kirkland
WA, US
Agent
Klarquist Sparkman
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
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