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The Silverlight 4 Beta was unveiled at the Professional Developer's Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles.
The list of features for business developers is long, so here’s a list of keywords fo features to get you started: printing, clipboard, right click menu, rich text editing, html control, command key support, model view model for test driven dev, data networking, IDataErrorInfo, business rule validation on server, WCF improvements for better duplex, TCP support with WCF to improve networking speed.
Silverlight 4 preview is available today for developers. For more information and to get the tools, see Silverlight 4 Beta Information. Documentation is available online at Silverlight on MSDN. Free training course is available on Channel 9 at Silverlight 4 Training Course.
Here are some new features for ISVs and business application developers:
Silverlight 3 pioneered the delivery of a new class of Rich Internet Applications to work on the desktop without additional code or runtimes. Silverlight 4 extends this capability:
Silverlight is already in use as a comprehensive platform for building rich experiences both for application and pure media scenarios including HD quality, interactive video through Smooth Streaming. Silverlight 4 introduces additional capabilities to enable creation of ever more rich, appealing high-performance interactive experiences and innovative media experiences:
The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes hands-on-labs, a video and a whitepaper designed to help you learn about the new features in Silverlight 4 focusing on three major areas:
Some of the new highly anticipated features include Printing, WebCam and Microphone support, custom right-click, rich text, HTML support and access to local files with trusted applications.
Silverlight helps companies design, develop and deliver engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop and mobile applications when online or offline. Silverlight is a free plug-in, powered by the .NET Framework and compatible with multiple browsers, devices and platforms. With printing support, rich reporting and charting, and integration with back-end systems and server products including Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), the Silverlight 4 Beta delivers a full suite of powerful features to application developers, bringing innovative platform capabilities to browser-based experiences.
For more information, see Silverlight 4 Beta Information.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation