Microsoft has delivered a new version of Silverlight 5, a release candidate (RC) version of the technology to help developers prepare for the final version to be released later this year.
Microsoft has delivered a new version of Silverlight 5, a
release candidate version of the technology to help developers prepare for
the final version to be released later this year.
Microsoft has delivered a new release candidate (RC) of Silverlight
5, the company's
tool for creating and delivering rich Internet applications and media
experiences on the Web.
In a Sept. 1
, Pete Brown, lead of the Developer Guidance Community Team at
Microsoft, said the Silverlight 5 RC is now available as a developer-only
release that is aimed at getting developers ready for the final release later
this year. There is no Go-Live license for the RC. The Silverlight 5 RC can be
Brown said: In addition to what we had in the beta, some of the more
exciting features included in this release are:
Moreover, Brown said Microsoft made several changes to the locations of some
of the XNA namespaces and files. "For example, you'll find that much of the 3D
stuff has moved to a different DLL," he said. "We've also changed the Linked
Text feature to use the read-only RichTextBlock rather than the editable
RichTextBox. I've updated both posts and their downloadable source code to
reflect the changes."
5 builds on the foundation of Silverlight 4 for building business applications
and rich media experiences. Among other capabilities, the Silverlight 5 RC
delivers video quality and performance improvements, and features that improve
5 offers improved media support and rich UI capabilities, such as Hardware
Decode and presentation of H.264 to improve performance for lower-power devices
to render high-definition video using GPU
support. And TrickPlay allows video to be played at different speeds and
supports fast-forward and rewind. At up to twice the speed, audio pitch
correction allows users to watch videos while preserving a normal audio pitch.
Also, improved power awareness prevents the screen saver from being shown while
watching video and allows the computer to sleep when video is not active.
Silverlight 5's fluid user interface enables smoother animation within the UI.
Inter-Layout Transitions allow developers to specify animations to apply when
elements are added, removed or re-ordered within a layout, Microsoft said.
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.
Silverlight tools improvements include Microsoft Visual Studio profiling
support including CPU, memory, thread contention and Visual Studio Team Test