TNW Quick Hit:
The Silverlight 5 beta, promised to be released today, is now live for download. You can download it here.
Inside of Silverlight 5, as per our previous coverage, is:
- Hardware Media Decoding
- Trickplay – Variable speed playback and pitch correction
- Remote Control – A leanback experience for the PC that can use Silverlight as a remote
- 64-bit Version
- IIS Media Services 4.0 for smoother streaming to WP7 and iPad
- XAML Debugging with breakpoints for binding debugging
- Implicit data templates for easy UI reuse
- Double (and multi) click support
- GPU-accelerated XNA-compatible 3D and immediate-mode 2D API
- Low-latency sound effects and WAV support
- Real operating system windows and multi-display support
- Significant performance improvements, fixes and much more
Silverlight 5 is the next version of Microsoft’s often beleaguered, never dead, and now perhaps resurgent rich media plugin.