As I imagine almost every reader of this blog knows, yesterday we released the final version of Silverlight 1.0. It’s an appropriate time to congratulate the ~100 people involved in building this first milestone in what will undoubtedly be a long journey for us.
A hidden secret – we were actually done ahead of our internal schedule: the final RC build that has been live for the last ten days really was the final release, a rare case of where a release candidate truly was a candidate for release. You’ve got the final version if when you right-click on a Silverlight application and choose Silverlight Configuration, the version number displayed is 1.0.20816.0. If you have an older version, it should auto-update automatically, but you can of course kick-start the upgrade simply by downloading and installing the final version over the top of an existing release.
If you go to microsoft.com in the next eighteen hours or so, you’ll see that the main front page feature is a Silverlight-based promo for Microsoft Surface, an innovative new piece of hardware for “table-top user experiences” that runs WPF. While being a great demo of Silverlight, the microsoft.com feature is just the start – expect to see us use Silverlight extensively on our properties over the coming twelve months, as the Halo 3 videos and the MSN Election 08 site also demonstrate. With some independent estimates showing that Microsoft-owned properties touch as much as two-thirds of the Internet community over the course of a year, to say nothing of the many external sites like HSN, Terra, WWE, MLB, and Entertainment Tonight who have already launched Silverlight-based sites, we expect to see Silverlight become popular quickly.
More over the next couple of days, of course…