Silverlight 5 beta coming next week at MIX11

The Silverlight Team announced on Tuesday that the next major version of Silverlight will be debuting at MIX11 next week.

In the blog post, Microsoft emphasized their support for HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9 becoming the next major transition in web technologies. As web and application developers now have more choices than before, Microsoft needs to expand its focus on multiple support platforms, including keeping the Silverlight dream alive.

As part of Microsoft's continued efforts to improve cross-browser support and plug-in capabilities, Microsoft will be releasing a Silverlight 5 beta at MIX11 next week.

As part of the continued support for scenarios that require plug-in based capabilities, we will ship a beta of Silverlight 5 at MIX, with some great demos for compelling scenarios.

The next version of Silverlight will come with a lot of new features and media support improvements, including rich UI capabilities, hardware decode and presentation of H.264, HD rendering using GPU support, remote control support for users using peripherals and many more. A full list of features can be found on the Silverlight Future website. Back in November, rumors of Silverlight support for Xbox 360 started to surface on websites, which is now becoming more of a reality than a dream.

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KavazovAngel said,
"•Support for 64-bit operating systems."

Would be great if this means a 64-bit version is in development.

a native 64bit version is indeed being created. Flash has a beta of 64bit for flash 10.2, hopefully they will release flash 10.3 or 10.4 final in 64bit.

Xerax said,
They better god damn make a x64 version >.>

If you go to the SL5 link in the article and check out a list of the features (or some of them, there could be a few more) it lists.

•Support for 64-bit operating systems.

x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64.
Microsoft, guess what feature I want...?

Avi said,
x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64, x64.
Microsoft, guess what feature I want...?

Well you'll be glad to know they are releasing a 64 bit version of Silverlight 5

Hopefully they fix their crappy implementation of multi screen support, drives me crazy... at this moment in time, I am not a big fan of silverlight.

negroplasty said,
Hopefully they fix their crappy implementation of multi screen support, drives me crazy... at this moment in time, I am not a big fan of silverlight.

I'd hardly call their implementation crappy, it can play hd videos smoothly unlike flash 10.2, it has always been very stable unlike flash. Its better than flash in most ways and silverlight 5 will hopefully overtake flash in terms of features and quality completely.

I'd happily settle for HTML5 + Silverlight + Canvas for all videos, applications and banner ads. Flash has no use when you combine HTML5 with silverlight and canvas, those things can do everything flash can but with way less cpu usage.

negroplasty said,
Hopefully they fix their crappy implementation of multi screen support, drives me crazy... at this moment in time, I am not a big fan of silverlight.

What's wrong with their multi-screen support? I haven't noticed anything, but I'm not necessarily the most observant person.

nowimnothing said,

What's wrong with their multi-screen support? I haven't noticed anything, but I'm not necessarily the most observant person.

http://www.skynewslivestream.com is one example, full screen it and click outside of the monitor you're watching it on and bang, exits full screen. Maybe that's to do with their player I don't know, but I do know I've never had this problem with flash... on any site.

negroplasty said,

http://www.skynewslivestream.com is one example, full screen it and click outside of the monitor you're watching it on and bang, exits full screen. Maybe that's to do with their player I don't know, but I do know I've never had this problem with flash... on any site.

I didn't click the link to skynews but it would have to be their player. The developer has to request permission to run full screen without focus by setting the StaysFullScreenWhenUnfocused flag on the Content object. In a non-trusted Silverlight application it will ask permission of the user to grant the app rights to run this way.

Silverlight may not be the next flash, but MS is doing pretty well positioning it as a cross platform UI environment.

Hoping they'll also release the Kinect Windows SDK at MIX too (they did say they'd release it in Spring 2011).

ccoltmanm said,
I bet this is when and where we will see the new HTML5 Bing homepage in action and released to public.
HTML5 != Silverlight 5.

ccoltmanm said,
I bet this is when and where we will see the new HTML5 Bing homepage in action and released to public.

It makes sense and I can't wait, Bing HTML5 looks sweet.

ccoltmanm said,

Yes i did.


This topic is about Silverlight, bringing up HTML5 is irrelevant. Jebadiah's confusion is understandable. It's like reading an article about Windows 7, and then posting a comment about Linux.