Today at MIX09 ScottGu announced the availability of Silverlight 3 Beta. I am very excited about the new databinding capabilities and the HD streaming support. Microsoft definitely put a lot of efforts in this release. Check out the Silverlight 3 Beta release page.
Interesting fact – although all the new features that are added, the download distributive of Silverlight 3 Beta is 4.4MB, with 40Kb less than Silverlight 2.0 – says ScottGu.
Check out Silverlight 3 Beta Development Center.
Here are some of my highlights in this release:
- Live and on-demand true HD (720p+) Smooth Streaming
- IIS Media Services
- Native support for MPEG-4-based H.264/AAC Audio
- True HD playback in full-screen
- Bitmap Caching
- New Bitmap API
- 60+ controls with source code
- Element to Element binding
- Data Forms
- New features for data validation
- Support for business objects
- Enhanced Deep Zoom
- Internet connectivity detection
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator import
- Team Foundation Server support allows easier integration of the Blend user into Team System