.NET 3.5, VS 2008 and SilverLight 1.0 come closer to being released

Visual Studio 2008 enables developers to build a spectrum of solutions, from rich Windows and Office-based applications, to dynamic Web sites, to an emerging class of rich interactive applications all with one toolset.  Following BETA tools have been announced with immediate availability:

  • Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 provides a unified development environment and includes support for Windows and the Microsoft Office system, which enable developers in building compelling rich client applications. Now, with included support for ASP.NET AJAX and the Silverlight Add-in for Visual Studio 2008 (see below), developers can also build a spectrum of rich interactive applications for the Web.
  • .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 builds on the user experience, Web service-based communications, and workflow advances of the .NET Framework 3.0. In addition, Visual Studio 2008 now includes full project template and tools support for many of the .NET Framework 3.0 capabilities previously introduced.

· Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate enables media professionals, designers, and developers to build rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight capabilities include fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality audio and video to all major browsers including Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. This release is the last step before the final code ships.

· Silverlight Add-In for Visual Studio 2008 (CTP) enables developers to start building Silverlight 1.0 applications from within the Visual Studio 2008 environment and work with their designer counterparts using Expression Blend 2 August Preview.

Additionally, a Go Live License is available for developers to build and deploy solutions today using Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate. Developers can download the Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 here. The Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/install.aspx

For more information on these releases and how together they help developers deliver great solutions, check out the Channel 9 video with S. Somasegar, Corporate VP of Developer Division, and Scott Guthrie, General Manager of the Developer Division. You can also read their blog posts on the topic.

S. Somasegar: http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/

Scott Guthrie: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/

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