This content is based on Beta release, expect many changes in the final release.
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The first thing to know about Silverlight 5 is that it’s currently in beta, means that it definitely has bugs, and it also not yet feature-complete; some features are going to be shipped later in the final version. In addition, being in beta means that no go-live license available, this is for internal use and testing only so do not install on user’s machine.
Worth mentioning that Silverlight 5 was first announced at PDC 2010 conference (October 2010) and the beta version was shipped later at MIX11 (April 2011,) and the final version will be released soon this year.
Goals of the version 5 include:
- Improving performance
- Getting closer to WPF
- Enabling line-of-business scenarios
- Better development experience
Silverlight 5 has come with lots of improvements and changes, and those improvements can be divided into several areas:
- XAML Changes
- Control and Text Improvements
- Graphics Changes
- Media Changes
- Elevated-Trust Changes
- Performance and Other Improvements
In addition, you can install Microsoft Expression Blend Preview for Silverlight 5 Beta if you like using it.
After you have VS2010 SP1 and Silverlight 5 SDK installed on your PC, you can continue reading and start making your cool stuff!
Now let’s start with XAML changes, but first let’s take a look at our model that’s going to be used through all the samples.