Silverlight 2 RTM Releasing Today

Microsoft has announced yesterday that Silverlight 2 will be releasing today. You can check the announcement here in Microsoft’s press release

Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2

Silverlight -plugin with a download size of only 4 MB provides rich support to video stream and works on most of the browsers in Mac, Windows & Linux.

You could listen to ScottGu’s teleconference here

ScottGu’s Teleconference

ScottGu shares information like how Silverlight was used by NBC for 2008 Olympic Games and statistics of the same. He also answers many questions like Silverlight’s support in Mobile, iPhone and Chrome etc..

Silverlight 2 includes the following features, 

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, ListBox, Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

I will be blogging more about Silverlight in the coming days.


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