Silverlight 4 Beta Ships Today!

As our VP ScottGu just announced in the PDC Keynote, Silverlight 4 Beta ships today! Get the bits here. If you’re at PDC, I’ll be giving the Silverlight 4 Beta Overview session in an hour (CL01, 11:30am Hall F). Here are some other great Silverlight PDC Talks!

Top 100 Global Brands of 2009

BusinessWeek published an article on the top global brands this year.  It’s interesting to see who made this list – some of them are pretty obvious (e.g. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon).  Others make total sense, but I probably wouldn’t have guessed them (e,g,  Heinz, Burberry).

Bing Visual Search Released!

And it uses Silverlight! Bing Visual Search enables you to search the web using images as your “keywords” (as opposed to well, word keywords).  Check it out here.

Whatcha Think? New Silverlight Features…

Thanks to Joe for calling out the new Silverlight  feature request tracker.  Tim Heuer and Scott Barnes have set up this list up to help us get feedback from the community. We’re definitely looking closely at this list!  Please cast your votes.  🙂  

Silverlight 3 Ships

Silverlight 3 is out in the wild!! (team-signed poster in my office) Links to all the good stuff: Developer Runtime (pc, mac) SDK (link) VS Tools (link) Expression Blend RC (link) July Toolkit (link) Some of the new Silverlight 3 features include… Perspective 3D Out of Browser Validation UI & DataForm H.264 Navigation Framework DeepZoom Smooth Streaming* SaveFileDialog WriteableBitmap Pixel Shaders DropShadow/Blur Built-in Effects ChildWindow BasedOn Styles MultiTouch Input* ClearType* Hardware Acceleration Many New Controls UI to UI Binding New REST Networking Stack* Animation Easing Functions SEO Optimizations & Deep Linking ItemsControl UI Virtualization* Mouse Wheel Support* Multi-Select ListBox * …

Silverlight 3 Beta!

Here are all the Silverlight 3 Beta links, if you’re interested in digging in. Silverlight 3 Developer Runtime (windows, mac) Silverlight 3 Beta Tools for Visual Studio Microsoft Expression Blend 3 Preview Silverlight Toolkit .NET RIA Services As a callout:  This is a developer beta release only! This means there is no “go-live” licensing available and the end-user runtime of Silverlight 3 is not available. A full list of the new features can be found here. If you’re curious, some of the new framework features inside of the core runtime are: BasedOn Styles Merged ResourceDictionaries Ability to listen to handled …

Mix 09: Building Microsoft Silverlight Controls

Thank you to everyone to who came to my talk at Mix09!  I’m always a bit nervous having talks on the last day of a conference. (After all, you work really hard to pull a session together – and it can kinda be a bummer talking to mostly empty chairs.)  But my room was full, and the audience’s vibe felt great from stage.  🙂 If you missed the session, you can watch the video here: Also, as promised, here are links to… Sample source code Deck The final WishExplorer demo uses Wishpot’s 3rd party web service.  Wishpot is a great …

Mix09 – So Divine!

Yep.  That’s a rhyming blog post title.  Anyways.  🙂 Mix09 is next week.  As you can tell from the title of our talks… You’ll get to see Silverlight 3 at Mix this year! Here are some of the core Silverlight talks (including one by me). Also note the ambiguously named talk by Mike Harsh – I can’t wait for that session!