The wait is over, the release to the Web (RTW) of Silverlight 2 was announced on Monday, and by the time you’re reading this, you should be able to download Silverlight 2.0. If you’re using earlier releases of the Silverlight plug-in now, you’ll be automatically upgraded via Windows Update over the next couple weeks.
By the way, the RTW plug-in is not compatible with the the Beta 2 release. Laurence Moroney has a couple of great posts on his blog that should help ease the transition for both you and your users:
Here are some highlights of yesterday’s announcement:
- One in four consumers now have access to a computer with Silverlight installed. In some areas penetration is nearing 50%, and the recent Olympics coverage brought the U.S. adoption to around 30%.
- Microsoft is releasing the Silverlight Control Pack on MSDN. This augments the controls provided natively with additional functionality such as a TreeView, Expander, Accordion, and others.
- Microsoft is releasing the Silverlight XAML vocabulary under the Open Specification Promise (OSP) to aid third-party ISVs in creating products that can read and write XAML for Silverlight.
- Visual Studio Tools for Silverlight will become available for Visual Web Developer Express Edition!
- Soyatec is leading a project (with funding from Microsoft) to integrate advanced Silverlight development capabilities into the Eclipse IDE. The project will be released under the Eclipse Public License Version 1.0 on SourceForge.
Looks like I have some work to do refreshing my slides and demos!