Silverlight 5 Released

Silverlight 5 has been released.

Silverlight 5 adds a ton of new features over what we had with Silverlight 4. Silverlight is part of a rich offering of technologies from Microsoft helping developers deliver applications for the web, desktop and mobile devices. Download Silverlight 5, a free plug-in less than 7 MB in size that can be installed in less than 10 seconds.

New features in Silverlight 5 include Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives.

In addition, Silverlight 5 extends the ‘Trusted Application’ model to the browser for the first time. These features, when enabled via a group policy registry key and an application certificate, mean users won’t need to leave the browser to perform complex tasks such as multiple window support, full trust support in browser including COM and file system access, in browser HTML hosting within Silverlight, and P/Invoke support for existing native code to be run directly from Silverlight.

For more information, visit the Microsoft Silverlight site. For additional information on support policy, visit Microsoft Silverlight Support Lifecycle Policy.

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Silverlight 5 RC Available for Download

silverlight_logoThe release candidate for Silverlight 5 is now available to developers on the Silverlight developer site. You can get the release itself and additional details on Silverlight Downloads.

New Features Announced for Silverlight 5

Silverlight delivers the richest set of capabilities available to developers today through a Web‐browser plug‐in. Announced last December and shipping later this year, Silverlight 5 makes further advances in media, application development and user experience, adding over 40 new features.

The Silverlight 5 RC provides developers their first opportunity to start exploring these new capabilities. More information on the Silverlight 5 announcements is available at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/future .

Silverlight Firestarter Labs

The Silverlight Firestarter is a one day, global, live streamed and on-demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie on Dec 2nd 2010. You can watch the Firestarter keynote that introduces Silverlight 5 and the Firestarter session videos from this page.

The Silverlight team launched 11 new labs with brand new content that can be viewed online or downloaded in an offline training kit.

This Silverlight 4 Firestarter Training course was created to enable fast adoption of Silverlight for line of business applications. All the labs are very practical oriented and provides a real-world samples used in Silverlight Line of Business (LOB) applications.

The course is built from 11 modules. Each module has 1 lab and 1 or more videos. All the labs provide comprehensive hands-on walkthrough and final solutions.

Enjoy

Native Extensions for Microsoft Silverlight

What is NESL ?

A set of libraries for Silverlight developers that allow them to access some really cool features of Windows 7 from their Silverlight applications.

  • Take advantage of sensors like accelerometers, light sensors, compasses, GPS etc.
  • Access content from connected portable devices like music players and digital cameras.
  • Capture and create video from webcams and screen output
  • Use speech recognition and text to speech capabilities.
  • Integrate with the Windows 7 taskbar (Jump Lists, Icon Overlays, Taskbar Progress etc.)
  • And more…

What is in NESL ?

  • A set of native runtime libraries and a paired set of Silverlight libraries
  • Developer Guide(coming soon!!) and API documentation

  • Video Travel Journal – Concept video recording application that illustrates video and screen capture, portable device access, Windows 7 taskbar integration, Bing Maps integration and Facebook upload.

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  • Where’s Teddy ? – An animated children’s story book that illustrates speech recognition, text to speech, sensors (accelerometer and light sensor)

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  • Source Code – All Silverlight libraries and sample applications are supplied with source code.

Where can you find it ?

Silverlight 4, Office/Sharepoint 2010 Beta Announced at PDC 09

Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and Kurt DelBene were the top speakers announced for day 2 keynote.PDC09Bling_BeforeAfter_136_3

If you would like to watch the keynotes on-demand, you can do so at www.microsoftpdc.com site.

Silverlight 4

Scott Guthrie announces the public beta of Silverlight 4. The beta can be downloaded at http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/silverlight-4-beta.

New features:

  • Extended out-of-browser capabilities to enable deeper desktop experiences without additional code or runtimes
  • Powerful enhancements for enterprise application developers, including full support for Microsoft Visual image_thumb_2Studio 2010, providing access to Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint Server, and improved printing,  networking, reporting and charting capabilities
  • Richer Web experiences, including new webcam and microphone capabilities, native multicast support for wide-scale media content delivery, and more than 60 customizable controls to build compelling, interactive applications

If you want training, go to Channel 9 to Silverlight 4 training: http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/Silverlight4/

Office 2010 Beta and SharePoint 2010 Beta

The are public betas of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 and Office Web Apps for business customers. The 2010 release is designed to give people the best productivity experience across PCs, phones and browsers. The betas can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/2010. Also announced: PowerPivot for Excel 2010 – CTP version is available – http://www.powerpivot.com/

Does Silverlight require .NET Framework installed?

A common question about Silverlight is – “Does .NET Framework installation is required in order to use Silverlight?”.  The answer to this is no.

A cross platform version of the .NET Framework is included in the 4MB Silverlight 1.1 download, which means you do not need to have anything extra installed on the client.

The Silverlight version of the .NET framework includes the same CLR engine that ships with the full .NET Framework, and a subset of the .NET Framework namespace libraries. 

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Silverlight introduction

At Mix07, Microsoft announced Silverlight™.

Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

You can read more here (SilverLight site), its amazing!

Great post about Silverlight UI Controls, by Ashish Shetty, you can find here.

Slides and demos you can download from Nikhil Kothari's Weblog.

Enjoy!

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