Microsoft delivers near-final test version of Silverlight 5

Microsoft's Silverlight 5 hit the Release Candidate milestone on September 1. The final delivery of the latest version of the technology is still set for later this year.

Microsoft rolled out to developers a near-final Release Candidate (RC) of Silverlight 5 on September 1.

The RC is a developer-only release with no go-live license. The final version of Silverlight 5 is still due out later this year.

Silverlight is Microsoft's free web-browser plug-in that enables interactive media experiences, line of business applications and Windows Phone development.

In December 2010, Microsoft execs said Silverlight 5 would include 40 new features, the bulk of which are focused around making Silverlight a development platform for rich media and business applications. Microsoft delivered a beta of Silverlight 5 in April 2011.

Features new to the Silverlight 5 RC since the beta release include:

  • P/Invoke support for calling native functions
  • 64 bit support
  • Vector (Postscript) Printing
  • Remote Control and Media Command Support
  • DataContextChanged event
  • In-Browser Trusted Applications
  • PivotViewer Control
  • Power awareness for media apps

Microsoft is expected to say more about the future of Silverlight at the Build conference in mid-September in Anaheim. For those whose Silverlight sales and deployments have been hurt by Microsoft's reluctance to be clear about Silverlight's role in Windows 8 and other products/services, Build can come none too soon.