Last week at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, Scott Guthrie unveiled a Beta version Silverlight 4. This latest version delivers hundreds of features and controls that, when combined with the continued innovation in Microsoft’s world-class tools for designers and developers — Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Expression Blend – present the leading edge in rapid, powerful application development.
With printing support, rich reporting and charting, and integration with back-end systems and server products including Microsoft SharePoint, Silverlight is ready for business.
Silverlight is already in use as a comprehensive platform for building rich experiences both for application and pure media scenarios including HD quality, interactive video through Smooth Streaming. Silverlight 4 introduces additional capabilities to enable creation of ever more rich, appealing high-performance interactive experiences and innovative media experiences:
For Sandboxed applications Place HTML within your application enabling much tighter integration with content from web servers such as email, help and reports. Provide support for ‘toast’ notification windows, allowing applications to communicate status or change information while the user is working on another application through a popup window on the taskbar. Offline DRM, extending the existing Silverlight DRM powered by PlayReady technology to work offline. Protected content can be delivered with a persistent license so that users can go offline immediately and start enjoying their content. Control over aspects of UI include window settings such as start position, size and chrome. For Trusted applications Read and write files to the user’s MyDocuments, MyMusic, MyPictures and MyVideos folder (or equivalent for non-windows platforms) for example storage of media files and taking local copies of reports. Run other desktop programs such as Office, for example requesting Outlook to send an email, send a report to Word or data to Excel. COM automation enables access to devices and other system capabilities by calling into application components; for instance to access a USB security card reader. A new user interface for requesting application privileges access outside the standard Silverlight sandbox. Group policy objects allow organizations to tailor which applications may have elevated trust. Full keyboard support in fullscreen mode richer kiosk and media applications. Enhancements to networking allow cross-domain access without a security policy file.
Get Started Building Silverlight 4 Applications Today:
Microsoft Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9fa8afe9-cad6-4090-a7f6-7d9cdc560e2d&displaylang=en
Microsoft Silverlight 4 SDK:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=169408