Microsoft Silverlight 4 set to be released April 15

Microsoft said on Tuesday that Silverlight 4 will be released on April 15.  The update includes many key additions including support for Google’s Chrome browser.  This additional support should help with the adoption of the platform as it competes head to head with Flash.

Silverlight 4 includes webcam and microphone support, multicast streaming, output protection and offline DRM. Silverlight 4 will also allow you to watch streams on multimonitors and carry on working on other monitors. The update also promises to enhance the overall user experience, improving speed, performance and rendering for browsers.

Microsoft officials confirmed the update will be available on Microsoft’s website on Thursday but no specific time was given.  Silverlight 4 was originally demonstrated at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in November 2009. Microsoft released some statistics on Silverlight 3, being installed on 33% of all computers and mobile phones during summer 2009. Silverlight 3 is now installed on approximately 45% of all computers and mobile devices around the world today. Silverlight is being touted as the de-facto platform for development of Windows Phone 7; expect to see tighter integration to that platform as we approach the holiday season in 2010.

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McoreD said,
I cannot believe they didn't time it to release VS2010 with Silverlight 4

Well, a few days later isn't that big of a problem. VS2010 did release with .NET 4 though. And those go closer together really. Now that SL4 is done though, that should help move WP7 along quicker.

I hope they update the facebook silverlight client to run on this build, I have been using the dev build of silverlight 4 for a while now, but the facebook client just refuses to run with v4

BeLGaRaTh said,
I hope they update the facebook silverlight client to run on this build, I have been using the dev build of silverlight 4 for a while now, but the facebook client just refuses to run with v4

Try uninstalling the facebook silverlight client and go back to the website to install. It did that to me too, just had to re-install.

BeLGaRaTh said,
I hope they update the facebook silverlight client to run on this build, I have been using the dev build of silverlight 4 for a while now, but the facebook client just refuses to run with v4

I imagine they would. I don't know many companies that would release a product built on pre-release products like this... Too much can change... Once it's out though, that's a whole other matter...

lets hope they start making a 64bit version soon as IE is available in 64bit and chrome 64bit is in development and should be out soon.

I agree, we absolutely need a 64bit version of silverlight for the following reasons:
- Possibility to host Silverlight "sites" in the Windows Sidebar 64bit
- Stronger protection / better performance in a 64bit browser (hardly any 64bit add-ons out there, smaller chance of getting a bad one)
- Huge advantage over Flash due to their lack of 64bit support

torrentthief said,
lets hope they start making a 64bit version soon as IE is available in 64bit and chrome 64bit is in development and should be out soon.

Umm... 64-bit IE... flashbacks from 2006/2007-ish?

It's not that there has not been a 64-bit browser, it's that plugin support for 64-bit browsers has been abysmal.

NeoandGeo said,
Adding Chrome support? I've been watching Netflix on Chrome for a little while now.
I believe it worked, but always gave a popup saying there are no guarantees.

Simon said,
I believe it worked, but always gave a popup saying there are no guarantees.

ya silver 3 works on chrome 4 atm but it isent' great, v buggy.

PeterKD said,

ya silver 3 works on chrome 4 atm but it isent' great, v buggy.

I'm wondering if that's an issue with how Chrome handles plugins to be quite honest. Flash for instance is far more buggy on Chrome than any other browser (And that's really saying something)...

"33% of all computers and mobile phones during summer 2009"

What mobile phone platforms is it available for, Windows Phone isn't out yet, are there any?