You’ll also want to download the Silverlight 5 Beta Tools for Visual Studio 2010 SP1.
Here’re some of the new goodies:
- Extend features of the “Trusted Application” model to the browser. When enabled via a group policy registry key and application certificate, this means users won’t have to leave the browser to perform complex tasks.
- Host HTML content within the Silverlight application
- Read/write files to the user’s My Documents folder.
- Launch other desktop programs.
- Access devices and system capabilities by calling into application COM components.
- Have full keyboard support in full screen.
- Call existing unmanaged code directly from within Silverlight with PInvoke.
- Text Improvements
- Multicolumn text and linked text container allow text to flow around other elements.
- Tracking/leading control
- Pixel snapping improves text clarity
- Text layout performance is better
- OpenType support is improved
- Databinding is enhanced!
- You can now set breakpoints on a binding and step through binding failures!
- Implicit DataTemplates
- Binding in style setters
- The DataContextChanged event is introduced.
- Performance Improvements
- Reduced network latency by using a background thread for networking
- faster XAML parser
- Support for 64-bit operating systems
- graphics rendering improvements
- Hardware decode and presentation of H.264
- Improved power awareness
- Remote-control support