Welcome to the new Silverlight Web Services Team blog. We are the team at Microsoft that delivers web service and syndication support in Silverlight (SL). Our features sit on top of the SL HTTP stack, and enable SL controls to access SOAP services and POX/JSON services, as well as RSS and Atom syndication feeds.

The web service feature set in SL is a subset of Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) in .Net Framework 3.0. Given this relationship, WCF developers should feel right at home in SL. Also, a welcome to developers that are new to Silverlight and WCF. We hope you will find this blog useful as you are getting started with an exciting new technology.

SL 2 Beta 1 is the first release with full web service support, and it's coming out tomorrow at the MIX conference. Eugene Osovetsky from our team is giving a talk to introduce our feature set, so if you are at MIX, be sure to attend this session:

Working with Data and Web Services in Microsoft Silverlight 2
Wednesday, March 5 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Delfino 4105
Speaker(s): Eugene Osovetsky
Audience(s): Technical
Session Type: Breakout
Learn how easy it is to utilize POX, REST, RSS, ATOM, JSON, and SOAP in your Microsoft Silverlight mashup applications. Also learn how to easily access and display data with Silverlight using LINQ and databinding.

Stay tuned for MIX-related content over the next couple of days.

Cheers,

Yavor Georgiev
Program Manager
Connected Framework Team