Microsoft confirms Silverlight 3 to launch on July 10

Microsoft is planning to launch Silverlight 3 and its Expression Studio 3 designer tools on July 10 company spokespeople confirmed today.

Silverlight 3 introduces more than 50 new features, including 3D support, GPU acceleration, H.264 video support and out-of-the-browser capabilities to Silverlight.. The out-of-browser support will enable developers to build applications that work like Adobe's AIR plugin. Dramatic video performance and quality improvements are also expected.

Microsoft is currently running a Silverlight 3 beta for developers and will be launching the final product on July 10th.

Silverlight 3 was not expected until later this year but yesterday company officials began sending out press invites for the launch.

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It seems like Silverlight is losing more content than it's gaining lately. I haven't heard about Silverlight since the Olympics. Where is this product supposed to fit in? Flash is dominating.

Faisal Islam said,
Great...really like SilverLight....more powerful than Flash

not yet but it will be, because microsoft has got key technology, money and developers and adobe well, lets say they've got less.

silverlight will beat the flash but now its very soon to say that since even msn.com use flash video streams on its page

I like Silverlight. Compared to Flash it's been so smooth especially video content. Adobe has been slipping and I wouldn't mind if Silverlight got a bigger footing. Really impresses.

WooHoo!!! said,
I like Silverlight. Compared to Flash it's been so smooth especially video content. Adobe has been slipping and I wouldn't mind if Silverlight got a bigger footing. Really impresses.

i agree it streams better

silverlight >>> adobe flash

The Silverlight 3 runtime also became smaller than the current versions.
They massively optimized/rewrote everything and then found that the runtime became smaller with more features and more speed.

@P1RAT3,
- Last week Microsoft and "France Television" put an online HD stream of the Rolland Garros tennis courts using Smooth Streaming technology. Amazingly enough, people reported that after installing the Silverlight plugin, Opera displayed the Silverligtht content flawlessly.

Silverlight is multiplatform and so on, it should work on Opera, just like it works on FF and I'm sure Safari as well. If for some reason it doesn't it could be up to Opera to fix.

GP007 said,
Silverlight is multiplatform and so on, it should work on Opera, just like it works on FF and I'm sure Safari as well. If for some reason it doesn't it could be up to Opera to fix.

hmmm... silverlight 2 and opera 9.64 here, and i cant see silverlight objects.
I'll try opera 10 alpha and i'll let u guys know.

GPU acceleration was introduced in CS4 , So yes it uses GPU acceleration if the host computer is capable

Right Click > Settings

GP007 said,
Maybe version 3 is what they're waiting for?


People said that for version 2, too.

You know what's REALLY dumb? The Windows Mobile website is all done up nice in Silverlight, but you can't get that from a Windows Mobile device.