Silverlight 5 Release Candidate (RC) Documentation and Other Developer Resources Now Available!

On September 2, Microsoft to early adopters made available for download the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate (RC) Build 5.0.60818.0, which is a developer preview.Along with Silverlight 5 RC Build 5.0.60818.0, the Softies also made available a set of deverlopers resources, including: the Silverlight 5 RC SDK, Silverlight 5 RC Tools for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 […]

On September 2, Microsoft to early adopters made available for download the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate (RC) Build 5.0.60818.0, which is a developer preview.

Along with Silverlight 5 RC Build 5.0.60818.0, the Softies also made available a set of deverlopers resources, including: the Silverlight 5 RC SDK, Silverlight 5 RC Tools for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP2 RC.

And, the documentation is also posted to Microsoft Download Center to help testers make the best of Silverlight 5.

While the downloadable package offers the MSDN developer documentation for Silverlight 5, the content is also available on MSDN, and as an PDF document.

"The documentation in this section applies to Silverlight 5 RC, Silverlight 4, Silverlight 3, and Silverlight for Windows Phone. For version differences check the Version Information section when using a class library topic, or look for version-specific notes in other topic types," Microsoft notes.

Downloads

  • Silverlight 4 Runtime
    Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1
    This will get you Visual Web Developer Express 2010 Service Pack 1 and the RTM releases of ASP.NET MVC 3, IIS 7.5 Express, SQL Server Compact 4.0 with tooling, and Web Deploy 2.0.
  • Microsoft Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010
    This package is an add-on for Visual Studio 2010 to provide tooling for Microsoft Silverlight 4 and RIA Services. It can be installed on top of either Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express. It extends existing Silverlight 3 features and multitargeting capabilities in Visual Studio 2010 to also create applications for Silverlight 4 using C# or Visual Basic.
  • Web Platform Installer (Web PI)
    This add-on for Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express provides a rich development environment to build Silverlight 4 applications using C# or Visual Basic.
  • Silverlight 5 RC Runtime
  • Microsoft Silverlight 5 RC Tools for Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1
    This package is an add-on for Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 to provide tooling for Microsoft Silverlight 5 RC and Microsoft WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP2 RC. It can be installed on top of either Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Service Pack 1. It extends existing Silverlight 4 features and multitargeting capabilities in Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 to also create applications for Silverlight 5 Beta using C# or Visual Basic.

    This download will install all components necessary for Silverlight 5 RC and Microsoft WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP2 RC development:

    • Silverlight 5 Beta Developer Runtime
    • Silverlight 5 Beta SDK (software development kit)
    • Update for Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 and Visual Web Developer Express 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2502836)
    • Microsoft WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP2 RC
  • Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RC
  • Silverlight 5 RC Developer Runtime for Windows
  • Silverlight 5 RC Developer Runtime (x64) for Windows
  • Silverlight 5 RC Developer Runtime for Mac
  • Silverlight 5 RC Developer Runtime (x64) for Mac
  • Silverlight 5 RC SDK
  • WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP2 Preview (April 2011)
    WCF RIA Services simplifies the traditional n-tier application pattern by bringing together the ASP.NET and Silverlight platforms. RIA Services provides a pattern to write application logic that runs on the mid-tier and controls access to data for queries, changes and custom operations. It also provides end-to-end support for common tasks such as data validation, authentication and roles by integrating with Silverlight components on the client and ASP.NET on the mid-tier.

Microsoft Silverlight 5 RC Offline Documentation can be download by visiting to Microsoft Download Center.