zaterdag 7 juni 2008

Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 released

Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 is released today, you can find the new installation files here:

The improvements that caught my eye are:

  • More built-in controls (no more separate assemblies for commonly used components, greatly decreasing loading time and size
  • Various improvements to the textbox: (snippet from ScottGu's blog)"Text scrolling with text-wrap, multi-line text selection, document navigation keys, and copy/paste from the clipboard are now supported.Beta2 also now includes IME Level 3 input support (including candidate window selection) for non-western character sets"
  • UI Automation and Accessibility:This allows screen readers to read SL2.0 apps, by the time of the final release of silverlight they promise to let every control be interpretable by screenreaders.There will also be support for high contrast scenarios.

Various media improvements:

  • Adaptive streaming: allows SL to adapt itself to the conditions of the end user. It is able to reduce the bitrate for slower connections and slower CPU's.
  • DRM (digital rights management) protection support.
  • Server side playlists

Enhanced networking support:

  • Cross domain sockets
  • Background thread sockets: Makes it so that the UI doesn't freeze while doing network transactions
  • Improved support for SOAP web services
  • Support for ADO.NET Web services (.NET 3.5 SP1, formerly known as Astoria)
  • JSON services support

For a more complete list go visit ScottGu's blog ( or ofcourse

Have a nice weekend,


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