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Silverlight 5 RC available

Silverlight 5 RC was released yesterday to the developer community giving us the remaining features that we were missing in the earlier Beta release. Here is a list of what we get with this release:

  • In-Browser Trusted Applications
  • PivotViewer control, which adds support for dynamic client-based collections, XAML-based visuals, and customizability.
  • Data binding improvements such as a DataContextChanged event and PropertyChanged added to the UpdateSourceTrigger enumeration
  • 3D: Improvements to the 3D support added in SL5 beta. This includes XNA built-in effects, surface composition settings for depth and stencil buffers and mult-sample anti-aliasing
  • File access: OpenFileDialog offers a DefaultDirectory property and SaveFileDialog offers a DefaultFileName property
  • Printing: SL5 now supports vector printing in addition to the bitmap printing offered in SL4.
  • Power awareness for media applications, e.g. Not sleeping while you are watching a movie, etc.
  • Remote control event support added with the MediaCommand event on UIElement.
  • P/Invode support for calling native functions.
  • Application restricted media: Enables content providers to ensure DRM’d content is only consumed by SL applications they authorize.
  • Support for OpenType and pixel-snapped text.
  • 64 bit support.

This version does not come with a go-live license, you will just have to wait till the final release before you deploy your Silverlight 5 applications. This version is not yet compatible with Blend and it is recommended that you wait for the final release later this year.

You can check out all the details here.

You can download it here.

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