In case you haven't heard, during the MIX ’08 keynote, Ray Ozzie, Scott Guthrie, and Dean Hachamovitch made the coveted "game-changing announcements" on the power of the .NET platform, IE8, and tools to enable delivery of next-gen Web and device experiences. 

We're launching a Silverlight 2 Beta that offers .NET and cross-device support, and we're launching Expression Studio 2 and Internet Explorer 8 Beta. 

Silverlight’s support for .NET will empower you 4 million+ professional .NET developers to deliver .NET-based media and RIA experiences in the same way you develop Windows applications today. Silverlight’s support for Windows Mobile and Nokia (on their S60 devices) will now make it cross-device, in addition to being cross-platform and cross-browser.   

The Beta of Expression Studio 2 includes Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Design, Expression Media, and Expression Encoder. This empowers you designers to build rich client applications with WPF and rich media/RIA experiences with Silverlight. 

Details

Here are a few details on product availability to whet the appetite:

  • Silverlight 2 Beta 1 including a non-commercial Go-Live license (http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/).

  • Silverlight 2 support for .NET and cross-device OS.

  • Microsoft Expression Studio 2 Beta for targeting the latest supported Microsoft platform technologies including Microsoft .NET 3.5 and Silverlight 1.0 (http://www.microsoft.com/expression/).

  • Microsoft Expression Blend 2.5 March 2008 Preview with support for Silverlight 2, Silverlight 1.0 and WPF.

  • Expression Professional Subscription introduced as a premium offering for professional designers that complements the existing MSDN subscriptions for developers.

  • Visual Studio 2008 tooling and IIS 7 Media Pack enhancements for Silverlight 2.

  • Internet Explorer 8 Beta for delivering enhanced user experiences with significantly improved standards-support and developer platform investments that enable it to uniquely deliver on the promise of the world of online services (http://www.microsoft.com/ie/ie8).

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