Silverlight 1.1 is Now Silverlight 2.0


It’s been gratifying to see how much excitement there is out there about Silverlight. We’ve barely started the engines yet, but we’ve already had a number of big sites launch their first Silverlight experiences, and of course plenty of stuff underway that we’ll be revealing over the coming months.

Many .NET developers are naturally interested in the next release, which is when we’ll introduce support for C# and Visual Basic development based on the .NET Framework. Although we haven’t released any new major updates to the alpha developer preview of this functionality since MIX07, we’re opening the kimono a little today to provide a bit more transparency in our schedule.

Firstly, we’re announcing today that we’re renaming Silverlight 1.1 to Silverlight 2.0. As we’ve been building out the feature set for Silverlight v.Next, it’s been becoming increasingly clear that this is a big release. Adding together the Common Language Runtime, Base Class Libraries, Dynamic Language Runtime, the UI Frameworks, DRM, and a bunch of other features I’m not going into at this stage, it’s apparent that if this doesn’t count as a major version release, the bar will be set so impossibly high that we’ll never be able to name a Silverlight release as anything other than version 1.x! At the end of the day, this is just branding – it’s not really "news" in its own right, but of course you’ll see us start to refer to the v.Next release as Silverlight 2.0.

Secondly, I wanted to write a bit about where we are in the development process. Internally, we’re just completing our third development milestone. We have just one more milestone to go before MIX, which is when we’re going to have a new public release available. We’ll also have a non-commercial go live license ready by then. For today, Silverlight 1.0 is the appropriate choice if you want to build a site that needs to go into production within the next few months, but by the time we ship our next public preview release, we’ll be at a point when it will be appropriate for developers to start building .NET-based solutions.

So what’s coming in Silverlight 2.0? I think the thing that excites me the most about this release is the scale and breadth of UI innovation going into Silverlight. In WPF, we have a really powerful platform for building Windows desktop applications, and it will remain the "Ferrari" that contains the highest level of graphical functionality. Silverlight takes that same UI framework and transports it to the web, enabling RIA developers to create web-based applications using all the same skills as they need to build sophisticated Windows client applications. This unification of the framework across web and desktop is not easy to accomplish; many of the breaking changes that you’ll see between Silverlight 1.1 Alpha and the Silverlight 2.0 Beta have been introduced to bring about far greater consistency between Silverlight and WPF. The goal is to make it really easy to take a Silverlight application and bring it to the desktop: you shouldn’t have to completely rewrite the code to reach across the barrier to an offline solution.

In the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha, the UI framework side was pretty limited. Although we had the likes of MediaElement, Path, TextBlock, etc., it was a small fraction of what WPF provides in this regard. We now have a extensible control framework, two-way data binding, templates, styles, all the standard controls (TextBox, ScrollBar, CheckBox, RadioButton etc.), multiple layout containers (Grid, StackPanel, Canvas). In short, if you’re familiar with WPF today, you’ll be right at home with Silverlight 2.0.

Moving forward, if you want to build a rich Internet application, Silverlight should absolutely be at the top of your list for consideration. No other platform will offer such a rich UI framework, and all the data templates and styling capabilities, coupled with the power of the .NET Framework and base class libraries, along with an easy migration path to a full unrestricted Windows desktop solution.

So how can you find out more about Silverlight 2.0? Well, it so happens that MIX08 registration has just opened. We’re going to blast open the doors about Silverlight and a bunch of other new web products at this conference. Last year we sold out far earlier than most people were expecting. Don’t miss out this year – now is the time to get signed up!

Comments (67)

  1. Scott Guthrie nous avait annoncé il n’y a pas longtemps qu’il allait nous donner plus d’infos sur ce

  2. Kevin Daly says:

    A bad day for Adobe 🙂

    But seriously, that’s great news.

  3. Steven Smith says:

    ScottGu today announced what many of us have been wondering and hoping would happen with regard to the

  4. parx@theshearers.com says:

    This is great news for those developers holding off until SilverLight offered more components. When will we see a list of the "official" standard controls that will be available as well as the list of standard layout containers? In building WPF/XBAP apps, we rely heavily on the Grid, UniformGrid, StackPanel, WrapPanel, DockPanel, and sometimes Viewbox (the interesting, quirky sidekick of layout containers). I was disappointed that your layout container list does not have the standard "etc." keyword like the standard controls list does. "etc." just seems to give us developers a bit of hope, leaving the door open for the possibility of more, more, more!

  5. Test says:

    It's been gratifying to see how much excitement there is out there about Silverlight. We've barely

  6. Can’t wait for the next SL drop. Been working with 1.1 for a while now and it’s already more fun than any other web based UI technology.

    So in order to achieve this parity with WPF, will we get the ability to create our own Dependency Properties, Attached Properties and markup extensions?

  7. zbatorfi says:

    Mindig is zavart, hogy az "igazi" Silverlight verziót a lekicsinylő 1.1-es verziószámmal illették

  8. Tim Sneath give us the lowdown on why Silverlight will be released as 2.0 . Personally I think it is

  9. Cool! There are so many additional features that the Silverlight team is adding to it that instead of

  10. Silverlight 1.1 умер! Да здравствует Silverlight 2.0!

  11. Jason says:

    Can you shead any light on the "a non-commercial go live license" part of your post?     What does this mean for commercial development?  Does this mean there is a seperate commerical license coming down the pipe?  Thanks.

  12. . says:

    First up, 1.1 renamed to 2.0! GoLive License support, release timeframes, new features… Get all the

  13. First up, 1.1 renamed to 2.0! GoLive License support, release timeframes, new features… Get all the

  14. Arpit Jacob says:

    I have a question would it be possible to develop Silverlight Desktop Applications ? Like Adboe AIR allows developers to?

  15. Tap My Mind says:

    Silverlight 1.1 becomes Silverlight 2.0 . (Thanks for the heads up , Dave.) Now I just have to find a

  16. Silverlight 1.1 Changed to Silverlight 2.0

  17. 两个月前我们 在Windows和Mac上发布了Silverlight 1.0 ,并公布了在Linux上交付Silverlight的计划。Silverlight 1.0专注于在浏览器上提供富媒体场景,并支持JavaScript/AJAX编程模型。

  18. .NET Web Product Roadmap (ASP.NET, Silverlight, IIS7) – ScottGu’s Blog Somasegar’s WebLog Quick update

  19. Peter Zajíc says:

    Tim Sneath na svém blogu oznámil, že dochází k přejmenování dalšího release technologie Silverlight ze

  20. Silverlight 1.1 = Silverlight 2.0

  21. Dax Pandhi says:

    Oh thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!! 🙂

  22. LiQ says:

    Will you keep developing Silverlight 1.0 (the one without .NET/WPF) or what’s going on? Was 1.0 just a quick-release and 2.0 will be the full WPF Everywhere and you will continue from there?

    Good job, btw, Mr. Sneath.

  23. BinaryJam says:

    I agree if you can’t call it 2.0 after all the stuff thats been put in then you never will.

    But on a side note, there is something about that MIX site that just grabbed me.

    http://www.binaryjam.com/2007/11/30/fancy-bit-of-design/

    Tim, if you know who knocked this site up, tell em I said, "Nice", and yeh fix that silverlight control and give it a z-index on the page.

  24. Tim Sneath says:

    Nice catch, Binaryjam – I’ll pass that on.

  25. The Silverlight product team has decided to rename Silverlight 1.1 to Silverlight 2.0. Check out these

  26. Asi es, si esperaban un nombre rimbombante y sin sentido para la versión release del actual silverlight

  27. Asi es, si esperaban un nombre rimbombante y sin sentido para la versión release del actual silverlight

  28. Body: Asi es, si esperaban un nombre rimbombante y sin sentido para la versión release del actual silverlight

  29. NTG is offering Silverlight training in Toronto. The course is scheduled December 17-19, 2007 at CTC

  30. A bunch of unsubmitted stuff I've found in my travels: Akira Onishi has added page zoom to the page

  31. Silverlight 1.1 is no more … Microsoft decided when looking at the new Silverlight software that a

  32. Driebier.net says:

    No More Silverlight 1.1 – I am as amazed as you are.

  33. Alan Cobb says:

    Hi Tim,

    If the bits coming in March at MIX08 are a "beta", does "beta" imply it will be largely "feature complete"?  Or will it be as much a "preview" as a "beta"?

    Thanks,

    Alan Cobb

  34. Nick Kwiatkowski says:

    Only Microsoft would wait until a version 2.0 to release something as simple as a TextBox control.  Innovative? Nope.  

  35. Tim Sneath says:

    Ouch, Nick. That stung!

    I think it’s only fair to mention in passing that it took Flash until v4 to "release something as simple as a TextBox control"… Zing!

    Best wishes, Tim

  36. Lv Chong says:

    Hi Tim,

    The Silverlight logo with animation is so nice! May I know where can I download the source or XAML? Because I would like to use it as a preloader animation for my Silverlight application.

    Millions thanks in advance!

    Lv Chong

  37. Tim Sneath says:

    Lv, actually the logo is trademarked, so it’s not available for general usage in this manner. Sorry!

  38. From time to time, we get a question about whether we intend for Parallel Extensions to target Silverlight.

  39. From time to time, we get a question about whether we intend for Parallel Extensions to target Silverlight

  40. Silverlight 2.0 Roadmap Ok, so I guess I just got your attention, right ? Well, we all know that just

  41. Debido a grandes cambios desde la versión 1.0, la nueva versión de Silverlight, antes conocida

  42. Debido a grandes cambios desde la versión 1.0, la nueva versión de Silverlight, antes conocida como Silverlight

  43. Don Baechtel says:

    Where can I go to download SilverLight 2.0? I only see download for SilverLight 1.1 and 1.0.

  44. Tim Sneath says:

    Hi Don, Silverlight 1.1 is the thing you’re looking for now. We haven’t renamed the existing release; the next time we release a developer preview, we’ll call it Silverlight 2.0.

  45. В среде разработчиков сейчас образовалась некоторая туманность относительно Silv

  46. Gadgetoz.com says:

    There Won’t Be Silverlight 1.1 But 2.0

  47. You may have noticed that I stopped putting Silverlight 1.1 code out on my blog and stopped talking about

  48. IP says:

    Silverlight 2.0 is a very challenging.

    But I was very disappointed in 1.1 Alpha cause lack of socket support.

    I would like to have it very very very much.

  49. WOW the Web says:

    Silverlight 2.0 将会在今年的 3 月初发布最新的 Beta 版本,这个版本将会是一个有部分授权的版本,你可以把这个版本用在你的生产测试环境里。 Silverlight 新增的 Feature

  50. Tim, great to meet you at the EBC yesterday.  I have some questions to forward from my development team:

    • are there projections for penetration of the silverlight client for the next year?

    • will all future versions be backwards compatible with current developments?

    • will silverlight introduce a standard control set like winforms

    Regards, DT

  51. During the Q&A in Reston, Marc and I mentioned a few places of interest. The Silverlight Deployment

  52. Tim Sneath says:

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the message. To your questions:

    – We’ll talk about Silverlight deployment at the MIX conference in five weeks’ time;

    – Yes, backward compatibility is an extremely important objective for us. Silverlight 2.0 runs all Silverlight 1.0 content flawlessly (at least, if not, it’s a bug).

    – Yes, we’ll have a broad set of controls – again, more coming at MIX.

    Best wishes, Tim

  53. qigaopan says:

    yeal ,the cool things from Silverlight must be we got a more easy to  framework for RIA application,i worked on Flex half a year, but i think there were many tiny things you must be done by manual. on ther other side we always trust microsoft would provide us more and more great too to support this kind of application.

  54. Roger Guess says:

    Tim,

    Please elaborate on: "We’ll also have a non-commercial go live license ready by then."

    Thanks…

  55. Right now we can only play with an old alpha version… in theory in the first quarter of this year it’s going to be released the first beta including going live license. Is there any update about this?

  56. You may have noticed that I stopped putting Silverlight 1.1 code out on my blog and stopped talking about 1.1 at local events. I even keynoted the Silverlight FireStarter back in December and barely mentioned 1.1 in the process (I think it rated one slide).

  57. During the Q&A in Reston, Marc and I mentioned a few places of interest. The Silverlight Deployment Document . The Silverlight Showcase on Silverlight.net Tim Sneath’s blog on Silverlight 2.0 Scott Guthrie’s blog with some details on Silverlight 2.0

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  60. When I first became an MVP in January 2008 there was some questions as to what bucket Silverlight would