Microsoft released Silverlight 4, and also deliver a release candidate of Expression Blend 4. Silverlight 4 release opens up a ton of new opportunities to build great solutions for both consumers and business scenarios. Silverlight 4 contains a ton of new features and capabilities. In particular, focuses on three scenarios: Further enhancing media support; Building great business applications; Enabling out of browser experiences. “To develop Silverlight 4 apps you should first install Visual Studio 2010 or install free Visual Web Developer 2010 Express edition. Then install Silverlight Tools RC2 for Visual Studio 2010 which includes Silverlight 4 Developer Runtime, Silverlight 4 SDK, RIA Services, and VS 2010 tools support. Once installed you can do File->New Project and choose Silverlight Application to create first Silverlight 4 project. You can then use new WYSIWYG Silverlight designer in VS 2010 to design & build rich Silverlight 4 apps. Important: If you previously installed Silverlight 4 Beta or RC, make sure to go into Add/Remove programs & uninstall “Update for VS 2010 (KB976272)” package prior to installing Silverlight Tools RC2 for VS 2010 setup. Note that while Silverlight 4 is released, “Silverlight 4 Tools for VS 2010” is currently in “RC2” mode. We’ll update tools to be “final” in a few weeks once we verify that no last minute issues/bugs remain,” notes Microsoft.
You can also download and install Expression Blend 4 RC to create & design great Silverlight 4 apps. Blend contains &ldquoSketchflow&rdquo support &ndash which makes it really easy to rapidly prototype ideas and apps. To learn more about Sketchflow watch this 90 second video of it in action.