Future of Silverlight

Late last week Scott Guthrie announced some of the plans for the next version of Silverlight. In addition to being renamed from Silverlight 1.1 to Silverlight 2.0 and getting a beta date for Q1 of next year, here were the big new features announced.

  • WPF UI Framework: The current Silverlight Alpha release only includes basic controls support and a managed API for UI drawing. The next public Silverlight preview will add support for the higher level features of the WPF UI framework. These include: the extensible control framework model, layout manager support, two-way data-binding support, and control template and skinning support. The WPF UI Framework features in Silverlight will be a compatible subset of the WPF UI Framework features in last week's .NET Framework 3.5 release.
  • Rich Controls: Silverlight will deliver a rich set of controls that make building Rich Internet Applications much easier. The next Silverlight preview release will add support for core form controls (textbox, checkbox, radiobutton, etc), built-in layout management controls (StackPanel, Grid, etc), common functionality controls (TabControl, Slider, ScrollViewer, ProgressBar, etc) and data manipulation controls (DataGrid, etc).
  • Rich Networking Support: Silverlight will deliver rich networking support. The next Silverlight preview release will add support for REST, POX, RSS, and WS* communication. It will also add support for cross domain network access (so that Silverlight clients can access resources and data from any trusted source on the web).
  • Rich Base Class Library Support: Silverlight will include a rich .NET base class library of functionality (collections, IO, generics, threading, globalization, XML, local storage, etc). The next Silverlight preview release will also add built-in support for LINQ to XML and richer HTML DOM API integration.

Comments (3)

  1. Konstantin says:

    What about [partial] WCF support?

  2. Hi Konstantin,

    Scott specifically mentioned web services in the post but you’ll have to wait to get all of the details.  The full description of the features haven’t all been announced yet.

  3. prakash says:

    That is great news. I would also like to also have support for rich text. Particularly displaying of html content in silver light!

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