New Features in Silverlight 2 Beta 2

Bill Gates and S. Somasegar announced several new features at TechEd for Silverlight Beta 2 that are great additions to the existing functionality.  Here's a list of the highlights in Beta 2:

  • UI Framework: Beta 2 includes improvements in animation support, error handling and reporting, automation and accessibility support, keyboard input support, and general performance. This release also provides more compatibility between Silverlight and WPF.
  • Rich Controls: Beta 2 includes a new templating model called Visual State Manager that allows for easier templating for controls. Other features include the introduction of a TabControl, text wrapping and scrollbars for TextBox.  DataGrid additions include Autosize, Reorder, Sort, performance increases and more. Most controls are now in the runtime instead of packaged with the application.
  • Networking Support: Beta 2 includes improved Cross Domain support and security enhancements, upload support for WebClient, and duplex communications (“push” from server to Silverlight client).
  • Rich Base Class Library: Beta 2 includes improved threading abilities, LINQ-to-JSON, ADO.NET Data Services support, better support for SOAP and other improvements to make networking and data handling easier.
  • Deep Zoom: Beta 2 introduces a new XML-based file format for Deep Zoom image tiles as well as a new MultiScaleTileSource that enables existing tile databases to utilize Deep Zoom. Better, event driven notification for zoom/pan state is another improvement in Silverlight 2 Beta 2.

Check out Scott Guthrie's blog for a complete list of features and additional details:

I'll be posting more about the new features soon....stay tuned!  In the meantime, here's where you can get Silverlight 2 Beta 2:

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  • Data Push seems to be an interesting feature and everyone was expecting that UI Controls will be added. I must say that silverlight is improving with every release and i just cant wait to switch from flex to silverlight. Flex really is pain with Actionscript and its architecture. Silverlight is a definite winner for me.

  • Could you clarify for me whether or not I'll be able to do Silverlight development in VS 2008 SP1 Beta1 (w/ .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta 1) once Silverlight 2 Beta 2 gets released? My understanding is that I can't do that right now because VS2008 SP1 Beta1 doesn't support Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for VS 2008.


  • One, count them ONE new control?

    Are you freaking kidding me?

    ComboBox, RichText, just not needed?

    I'm shocked!!!

  • Chart control Vendors like Visifire & chartx are gearing up for the D - day

  • OOoooh... Networking Support with 'push'!

  • is there any sample application on Duplex Communication (Server Push)

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