While we were getting ready for Day 2 of DevReach here in Bulgaria earlier today, Microsoft finally got around to releasing one of its most highly anticipated new technologies in years, Silverlight 2.0. By now, there is little new I can tell you about Silverlight, so be sure to review all of my posts on this technology that have been accumulating for the last couple of years. There you'll find all the info you need to get started with Silverlight 2.0. But if you're new Telerik Watch and Silverlight, let me just summarize quickly: the most significant change in Silverlight 2.0 (from 1.0) is the addition of cross-browser, cross-platform .NET.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
As far as timing goes, Silverlight 2.0 is shipping a little later than Microsoft had originally (publicly) planned, and with fewer features, too. The sophomore plug-in is delivering much of what application developers need to start doing "real" development in Silverlight, but there is still much work to be done to make Silverlight a productive LOB platform. With Silverlight 2 now behind us, it's time to start addressing those "gaps" (such as offline application support and increased access to system resources) and looking forward to Silverlight 3.0!
But I'm probably getting a little ahead. Right now we can celebrate the "official" arrival of the 2.0 plug-in and start doing some "real" Silverlight development. And with the plug-in official, what do you think of Silverlight 2.0? Is this the milestone you were waiting for to start using Silverlight or do you still need more?