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Silverlight 4 ships April 15. Silverlight 4 is “Business Ready” with the features ISVs need to build rich Internet applications.
Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating rich media applications and business applications for the Web, desktop, and phone.
Based on the Microsoft .NET framework, the free Silverlight plug-in works across multiple browsers, devices and operating systems to bring new interactivity to the Web. With extensive layout and styling options, powerful communication protocols, robust data access, and support for user interaction and high-definition media, Silverlight helps create fast, smooth, and visually rich customer experiences. Silverlight applications can be developed quickly with the Microsoft Web Platform, Visual Studio, and Expression Studio.
See What's New in Silverlight 4 Whitepaper.
See Building Business Applications with Microsoft Silverlight.
The following features in particular make Silverlight a viable and compelling technology for building business applications:
See the Official Getting Started with Silverlight Site. It provides step-by-step walkthrough of how to install the developer system and include some great tutorials.
See the Silverlight 4 training course on Channel 9. The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes a whitepaper that explains all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with Silverlight 4. The business applications course includes 8 modules with extensive hands on labs as well as 25 accompanying videos that walk you through key aspects of building a business application with Silverlight. Key aspects in this course are working with numerous sandboxed and elevated out of browser features, the new RichTextBox control, implicit styling, webcam, drag and drop, multi touch, validation, authentication, MEF, WCF RIA Services, right mouse click, and much more!
MSDEV also brings you a series of training videos on Silverlight 3 at Microsoft Silverlight 3 Series.This series of on demand web seminars will walk through the technology fundamentals, data, graphics, and .NET RIA Services of Silverlight 3.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation