What you get in Silverlight 2
Some highlights of new Silverlight 2 features are:
- .NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.
- Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, ListBox, Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.
- Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.
- Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.
- Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.
- Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.
- Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.
- Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.
- Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.
Check out Scott Guthrie's blog entry Silverlight 2 Released to learn more about the release.
To get started, he's build a set of tutorials that have been updated for Silverlight 2. You can walking through it to understand the basics:
Silverlight 2 is available for download since Tuesday, Oct. 14 at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight.