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Silverlight 5 Release Candidate (RC) Released

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

This RC is a developer-only release (there is no go-live license), designed to get you read for the final release later this year. Use this release to update your SL5 beta code to work with the namespace and reference changes, and to use the new features.

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

Hop on over to the downloads page on Silverlight.net and grab the bits and start using them.

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