What’s New in Silverlight 5?

Today, at Silverlight Firestarter, ScottGu announced new features coming up in Silverlight 5.

Silverlight 5 introduces more than 40 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications with desktop features in the browser, dramatic video quality and performance improvements, and features that improve developer productivity.

More information at http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/future/

A Quick Overview

These are the expected features to be included with the Silverlight 5 Beta. As expected, the final product will be more power packed.

Expected releases:

  • Public Beta during Spring 2011
  • Final version by end of 2011

I like to start the list with most compelling (for me) features,

  • Layout Transitions
  • Ancestor RelativeSource
  • Custom Markup Extensions
  • Binding Style Setters
  • Breakpoints in Xaml

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