What’s new in Silverlight 3.0 – Overview

This is the first one of a series of posts about the new features of Silverlight 3.0. Let this overview serve as a table on contents for the upcoming posts. 🙂
I sorted the new features into four main groups:

  1. Application Framework improvements
    • Navigation Framework, Search Engine Optimization
    • UI 2 UI binding
    • Out of Browser capabilities
    • Network Monitoring API
    • Local Messaging API
    • Improved Validation Support
    • Assembly Caching
    • SaveFileDialog added
    • Web Service enhancements (Binary XML, RIA Services….)
    • Styles, CaretBrush and merged resource dictionaries
  2. Tools Support
    • Blend 3.0 + SketchFlow Release Candidate
      • Blend API (Behaviors, Actions)
      • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator Import
      • SampleDataSource
      • Intellisense and C# code editor
      • TFS Support
  3. Graphical improvments
    • 3D support
    • Pixel Effects
    • GPU acceleration
    • Bitmap API
    • Text rendering improvements
    • Improved Animation
    • Media enhancements
      • TrueHD support
      • RAW Audio and Video bitstream API
      • H.264 / AAC and MPEG-4 support
      • Smooth Streaming (Smooth HD) – IIS Media Services

      And of course we have the Silverlight Toolkit July version which contains cool new controls. Here is a small list of some of the mature and new controls.

      • DockPanel / WrapPanel
      • ViewBox
      • DataPager
      • DataForm
      • TreeView
      • AutoCompleteBox
      • ChildWindow
      • Accordion
      • Expander
      • Calendar

      The list is pretty long. Hopefully everyone will find something precious among the new features. 🙂


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