Silverlight 5 is available in beta now

The next version of Microsoft Silverlight will be version 5.  You can download a beta and related tools right now from here.  Microsoft has an announcement and description page here.

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

About James W Hurst

a professional software designer since the beginning days of the desktop cptr and uC-controlled avionics, I today am focusing on C# and F# for building desktop and online applications under WPF, and Silverlight/ASP.NET along with the requisite HTML/CSS/JavaScript/Ajax for web applications. My database expertise is focused on Microsoft SQL Server and db4o, and my main area of interest is Artificial Intelligence and vision.
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