Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Silverlight 2 beta 2 available (updated with download links)

, posted: 4-Jun-2008 22:34

Silverlight 2 beta 2 is now available. So what? Well, I don't think many Flash developers will care, or even be aware of this event.

What I am expecting is that the mass of developers and organisations who have sidelined Flash will be happy to leverage Silverlight 2 since it builds on the skills they already and works with tools they know (i.e. Visual Studio).

I know for instance that the Cloud Labs team will be using Silverligh 2b2 to create improved and more responsive user interfaces. Many of the functions Cloud Labs have delivered today using AJAX technology will be quick and easy to port to Silverlight, with an immediate improvement in end user functionality.


Full download - including Visual Studio tools, and Expression Blend 2.5 June preview
http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/

What do you think about Silverlight 2, will you be using it?


More info
Detailed lists of what's new:
http://blogs.msdn.com/silverlight_sdk/archive/2008/06/04/what-s-new-in-silverlight-2-beta-2.aspx
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/06/06/silverlight-2-beta2-released.aspx

SDK Documentation is here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bce7684a-507b-4fc6-bc99-6933cd690cab&displaylang=en

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