By default, users open applications on a device made for Microsoft Surface by tapping the application icon in Launcher. You can also set up object routing so that users can find and open applications by using tagged objects.
For example, a user walks up to a device made for Surface in a home design store and places a customer loyalty card on the Surface screen. On the screen, the following menu appears next to the loyalty card.
An example object routing menu next to a tagged loyalty card
The Surface vision system reads the tag on the loyalty card and displays a menu of available applications. If the user slides the tagged object (loyalty card) around the screen, the menu goes with it and always stays visible while the card is on the screen. The menu cannot slide off the screen and out of sight.
The user can start any of the listed applications by simply tapping the application icon. The application's icon scales larger in size and displays a progress bar while the application starts. When the application starts, the object's menu disappears and contact switches to the application (even though the object remains on the screen).
If a user wants to switch to another application that is available from the object's menu, the user slides an access point, picks up the tagged object and then places it down again (to activate the object routing menu), and then taps another application icon from the object's menu.
Users can place tagged objects that are configured for object routing on the screen at any time, whether on an attract application, on Launcher, or on any application. If a user places the object on Launcher, the object's menu is displayed, but the user can still scroll Launcher and start any application from it.
To set up a tagged object for object routing, you must associate applications with the tagged object by using configuration settings. If users place the tagged object on an application that is not associated with the object, the object's menu is displayed, and the object will not interact with the foreground application. For more information about how to set up object routing, see Starting an Application Using Tagged Objects.
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