Silverlight 2 beta 2 is live!

Here we go, Silverlight 2 beta 2 can be downloaded and installed! I had the chance to take part to an "insiders" program at Microsoft, and to play with SL2 b2 for a couple of weeks, and it's a good one. You should switch to b2 as soon as you can!

There are obviously incompatibilities between b1 and b2, but much, much less than between the alpha version and b1. We're getting there!!

Silverlight 2 beta 2 will be used to build applications related to the Beijing olympics, so it's going to be a real nature test for that version. As for the final release.... it's still very much hush hush, so let's leave it for now :)

The best place to start is ScottGu's blog. As usual, Scott describes the new features at length, and has links to all the places where you can download the good stuff.

Note that there is also a new version of Blend 2.5 which can be installed next to a "normal" Expression Blend V2. There is supposed to be a new version of Deep Zoom Composer too, but the download seems to be down currently.

Enjoy!!

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# re: Silverlight 2 beta 2 is live!

left by Jeremiah Morrill at 6/7/2008 12:22 PM Gravatar
Thanks Laurent!

Been waiting eagerly for this release.

Lots of great goodies, but if I put on my designer hat, I am very dissapointed of the lack of things like RenderTargetBitmap (or VisualBrush), effects or even just plain ol' pixel manipulation. Hope these features end up in the 2.0 RTM...I don't think I'm patient enough for a 3.0 time line :)

-Jer

# re: Silverlight 2 beta 2 is live!

left by Laurent at 6/7/2008 2:37 PM Gravatar
Hi Jer,

There are many things missing from Silverlight 2, especially for us WPF freaks. I don't think we will see many new classes in the RTM, so probably VisualBrush will remain missing :( on the other hand, considering the limited time they spent implementing Silverlight (in comparison to WPF) and the fact that it's multi platform, it's no small feat... Patience, grashopper, patience :)

Laurent
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