Silverlight 3 Beta 1 released

by Scosby Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today is the first day of Microsoft MIX 2009. One of the best developments of the day is the release of Silverlight 3 beta 1. Here are the details. Beta documentation is available here. Many, many, many new goodies in this new version. Here are a couple of my favorites:

  • New features for data validation which automatically catch incorrect input and warn the user with built-in validation controls.
  • Desktop shortcuts and start menu support. Silverlight applications can be stored on any PC or Mac computer’s desktop with links in the start menu and applications folder, and so are available with one-click access.
  • Themed application support. Developers can now theme applications by applying styles to their Silverlight 3 applications and changing them at runtime. Additionally, developers can cascade styles by basing them on each other.
  • True HD playback in full-screen. Leveraging graphics processor unit (GPU) hardware acceleration, Silverlight experiences can now be delivered in true full-screen HD (720p+).

I am loving the data validation and can't wait to mock up some examples this weekend. Also, the themed application support lets us change styles at runtime (thank God), this was(is) a HUGE kick in the teeth for Silverlight 2 applications.

Important to note: after installing the Silverlight 3 Beta dev tools you will be unable to build Silverlight 2 applications. Visual Studio 2008 SP1 does not support multiple targets for Silverlight applications yet. So, as always, don't blow up your production environment!

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