Microsoft launches Silverlight v5 Beta

Microsoft has made available for download Silverlight v5 Beta, a powerful tool for creating and delivering rich Internet applications and media experiences on the Web.

Silverlight 5 builds on the foundation of Silverlight 4 for building business applications and premium media experiences.

Silverlight 5 beta also offers a new Microsoft XNA-based interface for delivering stunning 3-D visualizations within applications, along with a host of new features that are designed to enhance developer productivity and end-user experiences.

New features and improvements includes:
Improved media support and rich UI capabilities: Hardware Decode and presentation of H.264 improve performance for lower-power devices to render high-definition video using GPU support.

Building next-generation business applications: Fluid user interface enables smoother animation within the UI. Inter-Layout Transitions allow developers to specify animations to apply when elements are added, removed or re-ordered within a layout.

Networking and Windows Communication Foundation enhancements: Reduced network latency by using a background thread for networking.

Performance Improvements: XAML parser improvements that speed up startup and runtime performance.

Graphics Improvements: Immediate mode graphics API allows direct rendering to the GPU and Hardware acceleration is enabled in windowless mode with Internet Explorer 9.

For more information and download, visit Microsoft.

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