Yes, FINALLY. Silverlight 2 is no out and while it didn`t managed to get released a month ago as originally planned. now it is out and there is tons of good stuff in it:
Cross Platform / Cross Browser .NET Development
Silverlight 2 is a cross-platform browser plugin that enables rich media experiences and .NET RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) within the browser.
Silverlight 2 is small in size (4.6MB) and takes only 4-10 seconds to install on a machine that doesn’t already have it. It does not require the .NET Framework to be installed on a computer to run – the Silverlight setup download includes everything necessary to play video or run applications.
- WPF UI Framework: Silverlight 2 includes a rich UI framework that makes building rich Web applications much easier. In includes a powerful graphics and animation engine, as well as rich support for higher-level UI capabilities like controls, layout management, data-binding, styles, and template skinning. The WPF UI Framework in Silverlight is a compatible subset of the WPF UI Framework features in the full .NET Framework, and enables developers to re-use skills, controls, code and content to build both rich cross browser web applications, as well as rich desktop Windows applications.
- Rich Controls: Silverlight 2 includes a rich set of built-in controls that developers and designers can use to quickly build applications. The Silverlight 2 release includes core form controls (TextBox, CheckBox, RadioButton, ComboBox, etc), built-in layout management panels (StackPanel, Grid, Panel, etc), common functionality controls (Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar, DatePicker, etc), and data manipulation controls (DataGrid, ListBox, etc). All Silverlight controls support a rich control templating model, which enables developers and designers to collaborate together to build highly polished solutions.
Rich Networking Support: Silverlight 2 includes rich networking support. It includes out of the box support for calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS, and standard HTTP services. It supports cross domain network access (enabling Silverlight clients to directly access resources and data from resources on the web). It also includes built-in sockets networking support.
- Rich Media Support: Silverlight 2 includes built-in video codecs for playing high definition video, as well as for streaming it over the web (including both live and on-demand support). Silverlight includes support for adaptively switching video bitrates on the fly based on network conditions (enabling users to avoid seeing the dreaded "buffering…" message), placing and metering ads within video streams, as well as enabling content protection.
The final Silverlight 2 release delivers a tremendous amount of power and flexibility that enables you to really push the boundaries of what can be done in a browser, and enable great end user experiences.
This are the main bits of the Silverlight 2 (no longer 2.0 but just 2) as explained by Scott Guthrie. huge release for Silverlight and huge release to put the RIA Web forward. a good example of a great Silverlight 2 web app is the new Silverlight based AOL E-mail. among many others. but don`t worry. i already got several Silverlight 2 Widgets to show you later with lots of other stuff to check out on Silverlight and given that it has reached 200 million installs already (previous to this release). maybe it is time for you check it out if you don`t have done so already.
If you are already using Silverlight and got some Silverlight 1.0 widgets or apps running. don`t worry. this will not break those. only those using beta builds will need to be updated (SL2 B1, SL2 B2 and SL2 RC0)
via Scott Guthrie