Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Silverlight 2 for mobile devices

Just finished watching a presentation from PDC2008, and apparently Silverlight 2 will be available as a tech preview on the mobile in the first quarter of 2009.  This is the first time I’ve heard of SL2 being released for mobile.  Previous announcements have centered around SL1, not version 2.  Version 2 was previously discussed as a distant Alpha, with no indication of timelines.  Silverlight 1 always seemed like a sad excuse for a framework, so I can’t say I was looking forward to a mobile release.  But the release of SL2 will finally give us the ability to design Iphone looking applications for the mobile.

As expected, designing will be available from Blend as well as from Visual Studio.  According to the demo, the development experience will be very similar.

See session PC10 for the announcement. (http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC10/)

Performance will of course be an interesting issue, as will the experience on a non touch enabled phone, eg Smartphone.

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