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MIX07: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha

Today at MIX07 we announced the availability of Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight is supported on all major browsers—Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer—on both Mac OS X and Windows.

Silverlight 1.1 Alpha includes all the features available in Silverlight 1.0 Beta plus a number of new features focused primarily on improving developer productivity and power:

  • Managed code support
  • Support for dynamic languages including Managed JScript and Python
  • Rich UI control model based on WPF
  • Improved networking stack with support for REST, RSS, JSON, POX
  • Enhanced, 2-way HTML/AJAX Bridge
  • Comprehensive and consistent base class library
  • Support for LINQ (LINQ to Objects, LINQ to XML)

That’s right. Silverlight 1.1 Alpha includes support for managed code and a comprehensive base class library! Now you know what we’ve been up to and why our blog has been relatively quiet these past several months 🙂

Our partner .NET teams within Microsoft have been able to provide an amazing amount of additional functionality on top of the Silverlight 1.1 BCL. There’s a networking stack, XmlReader and XmlWriter, an HTML/AJAX Bridge, a WPF API subset, a safe OpenFileDialog control, LINQ, and the new Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR). What’s really exciting is that all of these APIs are cross platform and work consistently on both Mac OS X and Windows!

You can download Silverlight 1.1 Alpha today along with the SDK at http://msdn.microsoft.com/silverlight. After you’ve downloaded the bits, check out the newly launched Silverlight community site. It’s a great resource for getting started with Silverlight.

Related: Channel 9: Scott Guthrie: Silverlight and the Cross-Platform CLR

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