Microsoft delivers Silverlight 5, a new version of the company's plug-in for developers for delivering applications for the Web, desktop and mobile devices.
has released Silverlight 5, the latest version of its tool for creating and
delivering rich Internet applications and media experiences on the Web.
made the less than 7MB Silverlight 5 plug-in available on Dec. 9. The software
can be downloaded here
Microsoft delivered a release
of Silverlight 5 on Sept. 1 and has been tweaking the technology
since then based on developer feedback.
In a Dec.
9 blog post
, the Silverlight team said:
features in Silverlight 5 include Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which
provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected
content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and
file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API
on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex
shaders and low-level 3D primitives."
Silverlight 5 new features include:
support for calling native functions-enables existing native code to be run
directly from Silverlight
control and media command support
awareness for media apps
5 performance improvements include reduced network latency by using a
background thread for networking, XAML parser improvements that speed up
startup and runtime performance, support for 64-bit operating systems, and
reduced network latency by using a background thread for networking.
tools improvements include Microsoft Visual Studio profiling support including
CPU, memory, thread contention and Visual Studio Team Test support.
note that Silverlight 5 could be the last major release of the technology. However,
Microsoft has committed to support
Silverlight 5 until 2021