Mix08 Major Silverlight 2.0 Announcements

Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 (formerly known as 1.1) is now available.

http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/ (bottom of the page).

See the features matrix for overview of new features.

You can also get there:

  • Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008
  • Silverlight 2 Beta 1 SDK
  • Expression Blend 2.5 Preview

There is a Go-Live license for Silverlight 2 Beta 1

Sillvelight will be available on Windows Mobile and Nokia devices (S60/S40/Mobile Internet Tablet) – no availability given.

Silverlight uses a sub-set of WPF/XAML so you can easily create a full WPF desktop app from the same assets/code.

Mix 08 Keynote with Scott Gurthrie – Part 9

Silverlight going mobile

Going to support Windows Mobile and non-Windows Mobile.

Demo of Mixer social app:

  • Mobile 6 device
  • App allowing you to find friends for a party
  • Aggregates twitter, photos and status
  • User ratings for venues over the night

Announcement of partnership with Nokia to put Silverlight on S60/S40 and mobile internet tablet product lines!!!

Finally something cool!

Shame about the boring SVP at Nokia reading his pre-recorded announcement.

Seems like Symbian 60 is the priority. 

Demo of WeatherBug app:

  • Nokia Symbian 60 and Windows Mobile device – same app
  • Weather icons and data
  • App done in 3 weeks
  • Animated snowy weather skin – a bit slow (‘tried to do it with Flash-Lite’ and didn’t work)

Nothing about availability for any mobile platform :(

Mix 08 Keynote With Scott Guthrie – Part 8

WPF Apps

Casting line of business application for Cirque Du Soleil

1000 artists nightly in 15 shows (6 resident and 9 touring).

22000 artists in database.

Field-based WPF-based casting system on tablet with camera strapped on.  Scott juggles for an in-the-field-based casting session.  Offline cached database.  Visual form entry and comparisons.

Upcoming WPF improvements in the summer

  • More controls
  • Streamlined Setup
  • Startup
  • Graphics layer

Demo of image or HD video with effects:

  • Hardware acceleration by default
  • Super low CPU usage because efforts on GPU
  • Custom effects API for hardware shading

Mix 08 Keynote With Scott Guthrie – Part 6

Silverlight Demo for Astin Martin website

The demo is about the experiences online, in the dealership and during ownership.

Website:

3D model of DBS car (fixed camera moves) – so 3D rendered into 2D factors – can change colours/parts.  Remember Silverlight 2.0 doesn’t do 3D polygons.

Deep zoom into 18GB photo of car interior.

Lots of video on ‘back of’ detail cards in carousel UI.

Dealership:

Samsung UMPC with full WPF application using XNA-based 3D-model with true 3D rendering.  UI on device and output on 2nd monitor.