1A Look Inside Microsoft Silverlight 3 and Expression 3
Microsoft has announced Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 to help developers and designers build compelling rich Internet applications (RIAs). Microsoft’s Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 combine new capabilities with simplified packaging to deliver an RIA solution to challenge market leader Adobe Systems’ Flash Platform and related tools. In conjunction with Microsoft Visual Studio, Silverlight and Expression offer a highly collaborative development and design environment that simplifies the process of delivering engaging user experiences, Microsoft says. And adoption of Microsoft’s platform continues to rapidly accelerate as evidenced by strong demand for Microsoft Silverlight 2, Microsoft officials said. In less than nine months since its release, more than one in three Internet devices now have Silverlight 2 installed.
A look at the Out of Browser function in Silverlight 3: The new out-of-browser experience in Silverlight 3 Beta enables users to place their favorite Silverlight applications directly onto any PC or Mac desktop, start menu or application folder, without the need to download an additional runtime or browser plug-in.
The SketchFlow feature in Expression 3 makes it easier to create prototypes, experiment with dynamic user experiences, and incorporate feedback from customers: SketchFlow helps designers, developers, information architects and account managers sketch, wireframe and prototype user experiences and user interfaces.