Silverlight 5 Announced

by Parvez 3. December 2010 12:12

SilverlightIn the Firestarter event on Dec 02, the next release of Silverlight i.e. version 5 was announced. It will be available as a beta in the first half of 2011. The final version would be released in the second half of 2011.

Silverlight 5 enables the developers to create premium media experiences and develop rich applications across browsers, desktop and devices.

Silverlight 5 Premium Media Experience includes:

  • SL 5  provides Hardware video decode, that means it now supports GPU accelerated video decode which will reduce the load on the CPU for HD video which will significantly improve the media experiences on low end systems and enable them to play HD content.
  • Trickplay allows video to be played at different speeds and supports fast-forward and rewind with automatic audio pitch correction, Hence at increased speed of the video the audio pitch correction allows uses to watch video with normal audio pitch.
  • Improved power awareness prevents screensavers from starting while watching videos and allowing the computer to sleep when video is not active.
  • Remote-control support allows users to control media playback with remote control devices.

Silverlight 5 Business Application Development improvement includes:

  • Improvement in Databinding and MVVM.
    • Developers can now debug data-binding expressions, set breakpoints on bindings and more easily determine errors.
    • Implicit Data Templates now allows templates to be created across an application to support a particular type by default.
    • Binding in style setters allows binding to be used within styles to reference other properties.
    • New DataContextChanged event is being introduced to make handling changes easier.
  • Networking and WCF enhancements include
    • Reduced network  latency by using a background thread for networking.
    • WS-Trust Support: Security Assertion Markup Language authentication token.
  • Improved printing and text support
    • SL5 now provides improved text clarity and clearer text rendering, multi-column text flow and lined text containers, character and leading support, and full OpenType font support.
    • SL 5 includes a new Postscript Vector Printing API that provides programmatic control over what you print, and enables printing richer reports and documents.
  • Graphics improvement in SL5 include immediate mode graphics support that enables the developers to take advantage of the GPU and enable accelerated 3D graphics support.
  • Out of Browser applications can now create and manage child windows. Trusted Out of Browser applications can now use P/Invoke capabilities to call unmanaged libraries and Win32 APIs.
  • Testing Tools include automated UI testing support for Silverlight applications with Visual Studio 2010.
  • Performance improvement: SL5 support faster application startup and provides 64-bit browser support. SL5 also integrates with the new Hardware Acceleration capabilities of IE9 and enables hardware acceleration in windowless mode.

You can find all the details about Silverlight 5 at

I am excited about this announcement and eagerly waiting for the beta release of Silverlight 5.

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Future of Silverlight Starts Now

by Parvez 13. November 2010 14:24

Silverlight Firestarter: The Future of Silverlight Starts Now

After all the confusion and explanations, finally we have something solid on our hands about Silverlight. Microsoft has organized Silverlight Firestarter event on 2nd Dec 2010 at Microsoft HQ. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie is going to give information about what’s coming up next for Silverlight. As mentioned on the official page, it’s just like an extra day of PDC, dedicated to Silverlight.

It’s a one day event which would be streamed live. You can ask questions to the Silverlight product team during the event. Other speakers at the event include Jessie LIberty, Yavor Georgiev, Dan Wahlin, John Papa, Tim Heuer, Mike Cook & Jossef Golberg, Jamie Rodriguez.

You can get all the details on the official page. Mark the date and time of the event: 9:00 AM to 5:15PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) on Dec 2nd 2010.

Register now so that you don’t miss any action

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