Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight 4 to the Web on April 15.
Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight 4 to the Web (RTW) on April
As announced at the Visual
Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4 and Silverlight 4 launch event on April 12,
Microsoft has made the Silverlight 4 technology available for download at
www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight. In addition, Microsoft will deliver a
release candidate of Expression Blend 4 (compatible with Silverlight 4). Go to
the Expression Studio Website for more information on this.
Silverlight 4 provides media and enterprise application and media
capabilities, out-of-browser flexibility, and tools support via Visual Studio
and Expression Blend with Sketchflow to enable robust application development
and rich interactive experiences, Microsoft said. At Microsoft's MIX
2010 conference in March, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of
Microsoft's .NET Developer Platform, said
Silverlight adoption has continued at a rapid pace, with installations
approaching 60 percent of all Internet devices worldwide-an increase of nearly
15 percentage points in just four months.
Enterprise customers such as
Major League Soccer, BBC, eBay, Netflix, NBCOlympics.com and CT Corp., a
Wolters Kluwer business, are using Silverlight. Also, customers such as
Associated Press and eBay, and partners such as 352 Media and Planview, have
announced their commitment to Silverlight 4.
Indeed, in just five months, Microsoft has gone from beta to the full
release of Silverlight 4, with several milestones along the way, including the
release of Silverlight 4 beta at the Professional Developers Conference in
November 2009, which included enhancements for enterprise application developers;
the release of Silverlight, Visual Studio and XNA Framework developer tool kits
for Windows Phone 7 at MIX; and, also at MIX, the release of a release
candidate of Silverlight 4.
And at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
show earlier in April, Microsoft announced that is working with Intel and
Broadcom to deliver the Silverlight platform to set-top boxes, connected TVs,
Blu-ray players and other devices . At NAB,
Microsoft also launched Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services 4
and the delivery of the Silverlight Media Framework 2.0.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.