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Chapter 17. CDF and Active Desktop Compo... > Setting Up a Software Distribution C...

Setting Up a Software Distribution Channel

The elements discussed in the previous sections are enough to get you going with your own Webcast channel, but CDF is able to support much more than assigning content to a channel and saying when the channel should be updated. Corporations, for example, are looking to do more and more of their software distribution over their intranets. True push technology is one way to support this objective, but not every company has the financial means to set up the necessary servers or bandwidth. A less costly solution would be to use CDF to create a software update channel by which intranet users can stay current with the most recent software releases. This section shows you how to create a CDF file specifically for software distribution.

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Since the initial release of the CDF standard, Microsoft has split off the CDF elements that support a software distribution channel into the Open Software Description (OSD) standard. These elements are maintained separately on Microsoft's site at http://www.microsoft. com/standards/osd/default.asp.



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