Silverlight 2 beta 2 includes many improved and new features:

  • Visual Basic and C# Project templates
  • Intellisense and code generators for XAML
  • Debugging of Silverlight applications
  • Web reference support
  • WCF Templates
  • Team Build and command line build support
  • Integration with Expression Blend
  • Enhanced Setup with upgrade support 

In particular, it adds several new controls that have been highly sought by developers.

  • Text Input*
  • Controls*
  • Layout*
  • Styles/Templates*
  • Data Binding*
  • Networking (HTTP/S and Sockets)*

Silverlight 2 Beta2 supports a go-live license that allows you to start using and deploying Silverlight 2 for commercial applications. You can download the latest bits at here.