This has just been announced at MIX09 keynote, Silverlight 3 is available in beta and comes with new features very much business application oriented (as well as media and graphics improvements). Concerning application development improvements Silverlight 3 adds:
- Navigation Framework
- Deep links, SEO, browser history integration
- DataGrid grouping, pagination
- DomainDataSource (object data source on the client)
- Element-to-Element Binding
- Validators error template
- New controls: DataForm (DetailsView like), DataPager
- Multi-tier REST data support
With such new features, Silverlight 3 enable developers to build real LOB application, and what’s amazing is that Silverlight 3 is 40KB smaller than v2!
Silverlight 3 is now (march 2009) in public beta (but no go-live) so you can try all this right now!