Scott Guthrie gave a bit of a teaser in a blog post last November, but today Silverlight 3 is a significant step closer to reality through the official announcement of a beta release at MIX 09 in Las Vegas. Coinciding with the beta is the availability of a preview of Expression Blend 3.
So what’s coming down the pike in Silverlight 3? Well, the big news is the availability of Silverlight outside of the browser. This means you’ll be able to deploy Silverlight applications to the desktop without need for an additional runtime or download. Add to that over 50 new features and productivity improvements, including
That’s just a quick-and-dirty list, there’s definitely more, including extensible logging, more options for From-To animations (like spring and bounce), deep linking, improved text rendering and font support, and a File Save dialog.
By the way, the NCAA has chosen Silverlight 2 to provide the high quality, on-demand coverage for March Madness. And you don’t have to wait until tomorrow – there’s some historical highlights as well, including Laettner’s amazing last second shot in the 1992 East regional final versus Kentucky… not that I’m a Dukie or anything!