The Silverlight team has just come out with some great new themes! Here’s a brief rundown to give you a sense of what’s new and fresh, and some tips that will help you get started.
This theme concept was focused on flexibility, simplicity and elegance. The theme consists of a muted gray-scale control palette whose interactive states are highlighted using a punch of color, the accent color. This color can be edited in the resource dictionary, and the edits will cascade throughout the entire application for easier UX explorations and more flexible branding opportunities. demo
V1.0 Release 5.17.2010
On 5/17 Project templates for Silverlight Navigation templates and Business Application Templates went live in VSIX format to help developers download our Silverlight 4 theme packs and get started quickly in building themed applications.
Hosted theme templates can be found here so you can see each theme in action:
Cosmopolitan (code name Metro)
Windows7 (OS compatible theme)
To get started, you can download all the theme templates at the microsoft.com download page. In the package you will find different options for your different needs.
Below is a summary of all the cool places you can find the new themes showcased… or variations of the theme.
MIX / NAB / TechED Demos
The Cosmopolitan theme was part of the Book Club demo by Nikhil Kothari in his MIX’10 talk
The Cosmopolitan theme was also included in the DevConnections keynote at NAB.
Upcoming face time for the Cosmopolitan theme will be in Jason Zander’s keynote demo where we will be showcasing the RIA Services version of the Cosmopolitan theme in a travel app.
TechReady11 DEV Track and VSLive Ux talks are planned for highlighting best practices in LOB UI design. Look out for the sessions over the coming months.
Expression Blend Launch 6.7.2010
Theme project templates were also created for the Blend4 release. These are available in the theme pack download at microsoft.com
An SLTV session is planned for the new Silverlight LOB themes. Look out for more info on this blog!
Tim Heuer, Corrina Black and Tsitsi Gora will be blogging more on the new Silverlight themes in the coming months and providing invaluable information on customizing and extending the themes for deeper impact on a developer’s application building process. Be sure to check out the blogs for new theme updates.
Thanks and enjoy!