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Today is a landmark launch day for anyone building Rich Internet Applications (also known as RIAs), particularly those that build compelling web-enabled experiences on the Microsoft platform.
We launched 2 new product versions today and it’s something all of us at Microsoft are very excited about: Silverlight 3 and Expression Studio 3.
Silverlight 3 represents a big change in how you can build RIAs in .NET. In a nutshell, below are some of the enhancements and new features you can use with Silverlight:
You may have noticed I talked about developer tool support but I didn’t spend any time on Designer tools. That’s because I want to focus a bit on the design tools in the section below. Expression Studio 3 has been launched (although Expression Blend, the interactive design tool has been launched in RC form for now). There is several cool things we have added into the Expression suite of tools for Version 3 (including full support for Silverlight 3). I want to highlight the new features of two of the tools here, namely Expression Blend and Expression Web:
This is just a very quick summary of some of the things we have delivered in Silverlight 3 and Expression 3. For more detailed info on these items, I encourage you to take a look at the following resources: