Silverlight 1.0 RC1 is Here!

Silverlight 1.0 RC1 is Here!

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As indicated in a previous post, we're homing in on the launch of Silverlight 1.0, and today marks another milestone with the launch of the first release candidate. Since the beta we released at MIX, we've fixed approximately 2000 bugs and work items and we're now feature complete with the final JavaScript-based API. This version of the runtime is vastly more stable than the beta release: our stress test runs show improvements of two or three orders of magnitude in many cases, and the product demonstrates the polish one might expect from a near-final release.

Along with the 1.0 RC1 release, we've also refreshed the 1.1 bits. We've not exposed any significant changes in the .NET extensions, but the 1.1 "alpha refresh" includes the same core runtime as 1.0 RC1. A note on installation: if you have the beta release on your machine, there's no need to uninstall - simply run the RC1 installer and it will overwrite the existing binaries on your machine.

Here's the runtime itself:

Some tools for building Silverlight applications:

Inevitably (given that this release isn't 100% compatible with the previous one, particularly as regards the object activation model), a lot of the samples out there today are broken. We've worked with a few folk that we know to help them prepare for this release, but if you have a Silverlight sample or site out there today based on the existing beta release, you'll want to pick up the new silverlight.js and work through the breaking changes to move your site up to the new release. We won't break you again, we promise!

  • Tim,

    Why is the new refresh SDK 199 megs vs. the old SDK was only 7 meg?  

    ...I guess

  • Hi Corbin, the "new refresh" SDK includes the documentation and samples; whereas the "old" (preview) SDK was purely the Visual Studio template and a breaking change document.

  • Mikko, yes - you absolutely can. All you need to build a Silverlight-based site is any text editor that can publish to the web. If you download the SDK, you'll find a "silverlight.js" file that you need to include, which handles the Silverlight runtime activation, but otherwise, this is pretty straightforward. (Of course, if you want WYSIWYG XAML editing support, you'll need something like Expression Blend.)

    Maybe I should put together a blog post that talks about this in more detail...

  • From Markjo : "I've finally got round to uploading some short MSDN Nuggets looking at particular features

  • Si, asi es, por lo visto es epoca de liberaciones, porque ademas del Beta 2 de visual studio,...

  • Vreau să vă anunț, totusi, că Silverlight a ajuns la stadiul de RC1 . Au fost anunțate versiunile Visual

  • Hopefully many of you have now upgraded to the Silverlight 1.0 RC (or 1.1 Alpha Refresh bits). Just as

  • Ok, thanks Tim for the pointers.

    Silverlight really is starting to look something worth digging into.

    Cheers,

  • Silverlight 1.0 Beta expires soon (1st August) so you need to upgrade to the Release Candidate. This

  • Silverlight 1.0 Beta expires soon (1st August) so you need to upgrade to the Release Candidate. This

  • Silverlight Streaming now supports the RC public release of Silverlight. In order to be compatible with...

  • Silverlight Streaming now supports the RC public release of Silverlight. In order to be compatible with...

  • Silverlight Streaming now supports the RC public release of Silverlight. In order to be compatible with...

  • Silverlight 1.0 RC1 is a good thing for promoting the visual effection ,  but as a additional apprication it can not replace the suitable flash player ,I run silverlight in following bacground :

    ie7,

    netframework2.0,

    xml 4.0sp2 ,

    xpsp2,

    and 1.5m adsl,

    Charming appearance of webpages is perfect but it can not play vedio online and a pop-up always required to install flash player althought i already installed it before.

  • Silverlight Streaming now supports the RC public release of Silverlight. In order to be compatible with...

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