Microsoft Unveils Silverlight 4 Beta

The Silverlight 4’s beta version was unveiled by Microsoft here in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, where this software focuses on business applications, media and working at the rear of the browser. There are various features in this software which includes the multi-casting streaming, microphones and webcams, DRM support while offline and the output protection service.

This new version Silverlight 4 undertakes different processor-intensive tasks with a speed of almost twice than its previous version and it also gives a startup which is 30% swifter, as said by Scott Guthrie, the developer division vice president at Microsoft at the PD (professional Developer) conference of the company in Los Angeles. The beta version software is now ready where the final launch of the software will be in the early next year probably.

Guthrie flaunted the high-profile users of Silverlight along with the Secret Fashion event in Victoria, Winter Olympics and also the Bloomberg terminals as well as the LabView environment at the National Instruments. The technology of Silverlight is installed presently in more than 45% of the Internet devices in the world which has risen from a value of 33% in summer this year. While demoing the updated version of Silverlight an app was shown by Guthrie which uses microphone and webcam along with the video effects with an incorporated Twitter link and also provides a way how to broadcast the video.

He also displayed the smooth streaming of IIS long with a particular setting which allows optimized streaming for the Apple iPhone. This helps the developer in encoding a video at one time only while targeting all kinds of clients. Alas, the demo of iPhone didn’t go well though the on-stage demos generally have this problem. For a working demo one can visit iis.net/iphone.

Many other features were also displayed by Guthrie for developers which includes drag & drop, implicit styles and the controls of HTML for data grids, text, etc. the Flash video was also demoed by him which runs within the Silverlight which also utilized different HTML controls over that.

Some changes that are made involve the facility to assemble the code once then it can be used across both the frame works of .NET 4 and Silverlight. This software also works with forthcoming Visual studio version 2010. Trusted applications can also be created by the users which work external to the sandbox alongwith features like supporting the local files and also access to local hardware.

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