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Scott Guthrie announced the first beta of Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 Preview in his keynote at MIX09.
This continues Silverlight’s track record of rapid innovation by introducing more than 50 new features and benefits, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video quality and performance enhancements and developer productivity improvements.
Desktop Experience. The most significant leap forward is the Silverlight out of browser experience, which will take the rich Internet application (RIA) concept onto any PC or Mac desktop (or Start Menu or Application Folder) without an additional runtime, download or browser plug-in. By enabling Silverlight Desktop applications to display in the Windows Start Menu, Silverlight 3 takes big strides towards integrating the desktop and the web in rich and secure ways. For more information, see the Silverlight developer site.
The following is a list of key additonal features for Silverlight 3:
For more information about Silverlight 3 Beta, see Silverlight 3 Fact Sheet.
In addition, Guthrie announced the Expression Blend 3 Preview. Visual Studio and Silverlight toolkit combine for the most comprehensive end-to-end tooling development experience available. You can take projects from initial conceptual ideas to interactive prototypes, through to client delivery of the completed project.
Expression Blend 3 innovations include:
For more information, see Expression Blend.
To see the keynotes and sessions, visit MIX09.
Great post, Bruce. I wanted to point out that Shawn Wildermuth has a very simple example of writing an out of browser for SL3 (http://wildermuth.com/2009/03/18/Enabling_Out-of-Browser_Support_in_Silverlight_3).
You need to install the SL3 tools for VS 2008 SP1 here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vs2008/products/cc268305.aspx