Tons of Silverlight News

The curtain has been raised on a whole slew of news related to Silverlight, formerly codenamed "WPF/E".  Today at Mix '07 (no, unfortunately I'm not attending) and via blogs, several announcements have been made:

.NET Programming and Tool Support for Silverlight 

From Soma's Mix07 post:

"We have made available the Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 CTP, offering broader tools and language support for the future of Silverlight. The CTP focuses on Visual Studio-based support for Web standards development, including ASP.NET AJAX with full IntelliSense editing for client and server code, powerful cross-platform debugging, and rich language support for JavaScript, C#, VB, Ruby, Python, and more."

(Actually, take a moment to read Soma's post now. There's a ton of other announcements in it and I don't want to copy full his post... IronRuby, DLR, Dynamic Languages shared source, and more!)

This is very cool news. .NET, Silverlight, PC & Mac... Mike Harsh has posted on the .NET support in Silverlight and the new community site. He also points out there are quickstarts and samples based on v1.0 and v1.1, including v1.1 managed code samples in C#, VB.NET, IronPython and more.

Silverlight 1.0 Beta Available (with Go Live License)

Released today, sites can now use the Silverlight 1.0 Beta to deploy production Silverlight applications.  Here's a list of changes with the 1.0 Beta.

Silverlight Streaming

From the Silverlight streaming homepage:

"Silverlight Streaming is a companion service for Silverlight that makes it easier for developers and designers to deliver and scale rich media as part of their Silverlight applications. The service offers web designers and developers a free and convenient solution for hosting and streaming cross-platform, cross-browser media experiences and rich interactive applications that run on Windows™ and Mac. Combined with the ability to create content with Microsoft® Expression Studio and other 3rd party tools, Web designers and content publishers wishing to integrate Silverlight applications into their online properties can enjoy complete control of the end user experience.

As of today, you can get hosted space for 4GB Silverlight streaming media and videos of up to 10 minutes in length at!  Tim Sneath (who posted a zillion entries today) has an introductory post.

Silverlight "How To" Screencasts

Several dozen "how to" screencasts have now been made available by the Silverlight team.  [Via Tim Sneath's Blog.]

Scott Guthrie Interview

If you're more of a "listen" than "read" person, there's an interview of Scott Guthrie on Channel 9 where Scott discusses the announcements made today.


Some game-changing announcements.  Take some time to digest them and, if you're in the Northeast, catch our next Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow where one of the day's four sessions will be on Silverlight.