The Silverlight 4 beta was announced today from a keynote at the PDC by Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the Microsoft .NET developer platform. Silverlight 4 follows hot on the heels of the delivery of Silverlight 3, only three months ago. Guthrie noted that today Silverlight is installed on over 45 percent of Internet-connected devices worldwide.
Guthrie outlined a few of the features of the new release:
· Extended out-of-browser capabilities that don’t require additional code or runtimes
· Full support for Visual Studio 2010
· Access to Office and SharePoint Server and improved printing, networking, reporting, and charting capabilities
· New webcam and mic capabilities
· Native multicast support for wide-scale media content delivery
· 60+ customizable controls
Scott Hanselman demoed some of Silverlight 4’s features with an eye toward showing Silverlight’s usefulness in the business application arena.