The following features have just been announced live by Scott Guthrie during the Silverlight Firestarter event.
- Video hardware decode – better performance; better on low-power-cpu devices that have a GPU
- Trickplay – watch video at faster speed while preserving pitch
- Power management – hold-off screensaver when full screen (until paused)
- Remote control – for 10ft experience
Also, IIS Media Service 4 was recently shipped (and is free) – live and on-demand smooth streaming to desktop, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone (via live trans-muxing) – enhancements to Expression Media Encoder to support on-demand/live streaming to devices – also now announced is support on Windows Azure
New application features
- Data binding – breakpoints and inspection in XAML bindings (!!); custom markup extensions (from WPF, great for MVVM); implicit DataTemplates; Ancestor RelativeSource (from WPF); binding and style setters (great for dynamic theme changes); DataContextChanged event
- Inter-layout Transitions for list change animations
- Networking – WS-Trust support; low-latency networking; MVVM-friendly data source, end-to-end support for complex types, Windows Azure support
- Text – clarity; multi-column text; character tracking and leading; full OpenType support; vector PostScript printing.
- Pivot add-on for SL4 will be part of SL5 – dynamic pivot is awesome
- 3D Graphics (!!!!) – Immediate-mode graphics API; fluid layout transitions; hardware 3D acceleration of models & textures
- Multiple Windows Support – with child windows
- P/Invoke – can now call Win32 APIs
- Enterprise Group Policy Support – get full trust out-of-browser features, but in the browser
- Automated UI Testing – record UI, generate code, re-test – awesome!
- Improved Profiling – memory, CPU, thread connection
- Improved startup time
- Hardware acceleration in IE 9
- 64-bit version
Silverlight 5 Beta – Spring 2011
Release – by end of 2011
Get more details from Microsoft:
Scott Guthrie’s blog – http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/12/02/announcing-silverlight-5.aspx
Tim Heuer’s blog – http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2010/12/02/silverlight-5-revealed-at-firestarter.aspx
As a Microsoft MVP for Silverlight, I’m delighted to see the future of Silverlight 5 unfolding quite nicely (and stunningly in the case of 3D hardware acceleration) as well as an emphasis on what great applications can be built today with the existing Silverlight 4 technologies.
Note that there are no preview/beta bits available to download at this time.