Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Is Released!!!


Oh, yes! 馃檪


Install tools and runtime from here: http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/


There are so many improvements in the new beta. List of new features is here: http://blogs.msdn.com/silverlight_sdk/archive/2008/06/04/what-s-new-in-silverlight-2-beta-2.aspx


Here is a list of a subset of just the major feature improvements that I like best: 


         Controls are now in the runtime. This means that the typical application that I'd create drops down from 1.6MB to 922K or from 430K to 130K (these are actual real-life numbers)


         Animation: animating structs


         DeepZoom: new XML based file format


         Controls


o    TabControl


o    DataGrid performance


o   Calendar improvements (selection etc)


o   Templates: new and improved model


         Fullscreen gaming: support for arrow keys, home, end, pageup/down, esc, space, Enter. Congratulations to full screen gamers!


         Networking:  Sockets cross-domain support, webclient upload support.


         Easier Web services: better configuration support


         Media: Adaptive Streaming. this thing ROCKS!! I'll soon have a sample to show it off.


         Better WPF compatibility


 


And I haven't even mentioned the localization, linq, and many other improvements! (look at that link above for complete list)


 

Comments (1)
  1. jtadros says:

    Any pointers to the API docs for adaptive streams would be greatly appreciated.  I’m searching everywhere but can’t even find a starting point.  Maybe even a code snip that doesn’t work yet?  馃檪 Thanks!

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