Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Now Available

You can download both Silverlight 2 Beta 2 and the Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools support to target it. This add-on to Visual Studio 2008 allows you to use the .NET Framework to create Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Web sites. The Silverlight 2 Beta 2 runtime and the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 SDK are installed as part of this package. Silverlight 2 Beta 2 supports a go-live license that allows you to start using and deploying Silverlight 2 for commercial applications. There will be some API changes between Beta 2 and the final release, so you should expect that applications you write with Beta 2 will need to be updated when the final release comes out. But the developer team says these changes will be straightforward and relatively easy, and that you can begin planning and starting commercial projects now.

You can start learning Silverlight 2 by watching the getting started video. This video will show you how to install the Silverlight tools and how to create your first Silverlight application.