Microsoft to Release Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 This Week

Microsoft will roll out beta 2 of Silverlight 2 at its TechEd Developers conference this week. Silverlight is Microsoft’s application-development and delivery platform for Web-based multimedia. Microsoft released the first version of Silverlight last September to compete with Adobe Flash.

Developers expect to be able to more reliably test the 2.0 edition’s key enhancements — most notably, the capability to program for the Silverlight platform using any .NET language through Visual Studio 2008. Currently, Silverlight 1.0 prefers a Web browser-centric JavaScript programming model. Developers also can begin using Expression Blend, Microsoft’s Web-design tool, to begin working with the Silverlight 2 beta, the company will unveil at the show.

The new beta also adds support for high definition video, new controls for developers, support for Microsoft’s Language Integrated Query for data intensive development, programmable Web services capabilities, and cross-domain networking support for businesses that might want to deploy Silverlight applications internally.

Another feature is a possible low-profile extension called Dynamic Silverlight (DSL), reportedly capable of running from a command line and consuming under one megabyte. That low-profile extension could produce some retroactive “Silverlight-enabling,” if you will, of applications other than those deployed over the Web that simply need access to Windows Presentation Foundation’s richer set of controls.

Source: BetaNews

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