Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop, and mobile applications when online or offline. Silverlight is a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple browsers, devices and operating systems, bringing a new level of interactivity wherever the Web works. Silverlight is also one of the programming models for Windows Phone 7 devices.
Key new features in Silverlight 4 include:
- Set of forms controls with over 60 customizable, style-able components.
- Comprehensive printing support.
- The .NET Common Runtime (CLR) now enables the same compiled code to be run on the desktop and Silverlight without change.
- Enhanced data-binding support, data grouping/editing, and string formatting within bindings.
- Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) supports building large composite applications.
- Silverlight design support in Visual Studio 2010 with drag & drop data-binding, and full IntelliSense.
- Localization enhancements with Bi-Directional text, Right-to-Left support and complex scripts such as Arabic.
Article published on April 19, 2010
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