Don’t miss the live stream from MIX ‘09.

Here’s the official word:

Today, Microsoft Corp. unveiled Silverlight 3 Beta, a preview of the most powerful platform for creating and delivering Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and media experiences on the Web.  This third version continues Silverlight’s track record of rapid innovation by introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser, dramatic video quality and performance improvements, and features that radically improve developer productivity. Combined with the continued innovation in our world-class tools for designers and developers - Visual Studio and Expression Blend - Silverlight 3 empowers more than 6 million .NET developers to create cutting-edge RIAs and media experiences.  With Silverlight, RIAs are now first-class citizens on any computer.

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Features of Silverlight 3 Beta
Fully supported by Visual Studio and Expression Blend, highlights of new features and functionality of Silverlight 3 include: major media enhancements, out of browser support allowing Web applications to work on the desktop; significant graphics improvements including 3D graphics support, GPU acceleration and H.264 video support; and many features to improve RIA development productivity. Also, in order to fully integrate all the .NET developer tools, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer Express will support a fully editable and interactive designer for Silverlight. New features in Silverlight 3 include: (Too many to list here! Go watch the live stream from MIX ‘09.)

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