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Microsoft readies Silverlight release candidate

Posted by Charles | July 27, 2007 .

Microsoft is set to release a string of web tools this week, including Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate and a second beta of Visual Studio 2008.

Silverlight 1.0 is scheduled for final release in the autumn, and Visual Studio 2008 and the .Net Framework 3.5 are set for release by the end of the year.

Silverlight is a download for displaying media and interactive content in web pages. It competes with Flash and other plug-ins that add interactivity to websites.

To spur creation of Silverlight applications, Microsoft also released a community technology preview of the Silverlight Add-In for Visual Studio 2008. The plug-in is expected to be ready soon after the final release of Visual Studio 2008.

The follow-on Silverlight 1.1 version will include support for the Dynamic Languages Runtime, which will allow programmers to use dynamic, or scripting, languages to write Windows or Silverlight web applications using .Net-based tools.

Programmers can use these tools to build applications and get support from Microsoft under its GoLive License.

I know Silverlight is direct competition to Adobe’s Flash family products. However, it’s sign of the maturity of the RIA space. Whoever is working on the RIA based application should pay attention to the very dynamic nature of this area, only because it’s the direction that all desktop and web applications are going.

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