Silverlight 2 is released, available for download tomorrow

Silverlight 2 is released, available for download tomorrow

Summary: Microsoft announced this morning that Silverlight 2 will be available for download tomorrow. So after a long beta period that included big events using Silverlight including the Olympics and the DNC, the bits are going to be out there.

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Microsoft announced this morning that Silverlight 2 will be available for download tomorrow. So after a long beta period that included big events using Silverlight including the Olympics and the DNC, the bits are going to be out there. The press release includes some impressive numbers:

Silverlight adoption continues to grow rapidly, with penetration in some countries approaching 50 percent and a growing ecosystem that includes more than 150 partners and tens of thousands of applications. During the 17 days of the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing, NBCOlympics.com, powered by Silverlight, had more than 50 million unique visitors, resulting in 1.3 billion page views, 70 million video streams and 600 million minutes of video watched, increasing the average time on the site (from 3 minutes to 27 minutes) and Silverlight market penetration in the U.S. by more than 30 percent. Broadcasters in France (France Televisions SA), the Netherlands (NOS), Russia (Sportbox.ru) and Italy (RAI) also chose Silverlight to deliver Olympics coverage online.

The 50 percent penetration in some countries is what jumps out at me right away. I'm not sure if that's for Silverlight 1 or the Silverlight 2 beta. I'd assume the latter. But there are a few other very interesting announcements in the press release.

One is that Microsoft is going to be working with Soyatec to bring Silverlight development capabilities to Eclipse, which in theory means that we could finally have Mac and possibly even Linux development tools for Silverlight. According to the press release this will also be free. A technology preview of the tool is available now (I'm downloading as we speak - but the current tool is only available for Windows).

There was supposed to be an event with Scott Guthrie this morning but the dial in doesn't work for me. I'll be watching the recording later and should have more info later today.

Topics: Software, CXO, Linux, Microsoft, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software Development

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  • Thanks are due.

    Many thanks to Microsoft for delivering Silverlight 2 with all haste and for not making developers wait until PDC 2008. As there is heavy local competition against Flash shops, this is most welcome news (sorry Ryan), particularly within the context of the current economic climate. It is to be hoped that WPF, a second version for which was delivered as part of VS2008 but which still appears very incomplete, will gain similar traction. Thank you.
    rmac_z
  • What about dev support?

    So far in Visual Studio 2008, the visual design is half-baked. You can only type in the tags in XAML and instead of drag & drop and then working on the properties. There's an Expression Blend but switching back and forth between VS and EB is kinda hassle. Chances are we have to wait for another 1 or 2 months for it to be prime time ready.
    LBiege
    • Full VS support is essential

      I absolutely agree. Even the WPF designer in VS is still a bit shaky. We need comprehensive support for both technologies built into VS in order for either to really take off like they could/should.
      Tiggster
  • RE: Silverlight 2 is released, available for download tomorrow

    Forget dev support. Without p*rn support, nobody will care, ever. Blog rant: http://tinyurl.com/6rxgnd
    DavidGerard