Friday, July 24, 2009

Silverlight 3 is official, Official Telerik support coming soon

As I'm sure most of you know by now (and you would know if you were following my "strictly-ish business" Twitter account - no "lunch reports," I promise), Microsoft officially released Silverlight 3 on July 10th. That's right. Less than 10 months after the official release of Silverlight 2, we have Microsoft's 3rd revision of its headline-grabbing RIA platform. Microsoft is clearly working fast to add features to Silverlight and in the process is releasing new versions of the platform at a record pace. At this pace, we may have Silverlight 4 release candidate bits around the time of MIX this March! Telerik is working fast, too, to keep the RadControls for Silverlight in-sync with the platform. As a matter of fact, you can already download the RadControls for Silverlight 3 from the Latest Internal Builds tool. This version of the Silverlight controls makes Telerik the first vendor to ship support for Microsoft's updated platform. We will ship our "official" support for Silverlight 3 in the forthcoming Q2 2009 SP1 release for the RadControls for Silverlight (due in the next week or so). If you're not ready for Silverlight 3, don't worry. We will still ship Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3 binaries for the next few updates. As we ramp-up development for the Q3 2009 release, though, we will start to leverage the powerful new features in Silverlight 3 to ensure you get the most performant and feature-complete controls available. If you are a Silverlight 2 developer, what are your plans for Silverlight 3 development? Is there any reason you would not upgrade right away to the latest version? The platform is fully backward compatible, so it's hard to imagine a scenario where you wouldn't upgrade your development environment to Silverlight 3. If you are in this predicament, though, let me know! I'm very curious to discover how developers are dealing Silverlight's rapid evolution.