Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate
I am happy to announce the availability of Silverlight 1.0 RC. Much of our team has been working on this heads-down for the past few weeks. For those not familiar with (Microsoft) pre-release software nomenclature, an RC is the last major milestone before the final release of a product. I think with this RC we have a great solution for building media-rich experiences that span browsers and platforms.
You can get the runtime here and here's information on what's changed between Silverlight 1.0 Beta and now. The Silverlight product and community sites both have updated content. If you are a designer or developer, then you might want to look at the downloads page on the Silverlight.net community site for tools, documentation and SDK support, including info on Expression Blend 2 August Preview. This Silverlight 1.0 RC release comes on the heels of the twin releases of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2. Kudos to all the teams involved in this.
The RC has breaking changes from the previous releases. There are also a few new features like support for accessing the root element via silverlightPlugin.content.root for one. This was a frequent ask on the Silverlight forums and we were glad to oblige.
This post had been sitting in my Live Writer app since Friday and I only just got a chance to hit the shiny blue Publish button.