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Silverlight 5 – The Final Version is here!

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Introduction

On December the 9th 2011 Microsoft released the final version of Silverlight 5. This release included many new features that I was looking forward to including: P/Invoke XAML Binding Debugging and Implicit Data Templates. with this release came the Go-Live license. This meant that you can now publish Silverlight 5 application to production servers and get support! I am proud to see this release as I feel that I’ve been a part of it’s success with blogging speaking reporting bugs and emailing the team. So “Congratulations” to the team for this release.  This blog post will not only offer links to download it but information on learning more about it. I also included a Mini-FAQ as several questions popped up earlier this year that I feel needs addressing.

If you want to know “What’s new in Silverlight 5” then check out this page on Silverlight.net and continue reading the article below.

Getting Started

First we are going to need to download the required tools to install the Silverlight 5 RTM. Before getting started please note that you can install the Silverlight 5 RTM on top of the final release of Silverlight 4. If you have the Silverlight 5 BETA/RC installed then you might want to go ahead and remove those first.

Tools needed:

This download will install all components necessary for Silverlight 5 and Microsoft WCF RIA Services V1 SP2 development including:

  • Silverlight 5 Developer Runtime
  • Silverlight 5 SDK
  • Update for Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 and Visual Web Developer Express 2010 Service Pack 1 (KB2502836)
  • Microsoft WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP2

If you want a direct link to the files then you can click here.

Documentation:

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. I’ve heard rumors that Silverlight 5 will only be supported in Internet Explorer is this true? False Silverlight 5 will support all major browsers including : IE 9 8 7 6 FireFox 3.6+ Safari 4+ and Chrome 12+. (Reference: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/what-is-silverlight/)
  2. Is Silverlight 5 going to be officially supported by Microsoft and if so then how long? Silverlight 5 will support the browsers listed above through 10/12/2021. That is almost 10 years that Microsoft will be supporting this platform. (Reference http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifean45#sl5)
  3. Will Silverlight 5 run on a Mac? Yes Silverlight 5 fully supports Mac OSX. The only items that will not work are 3D features requiring DirectX and p/Invoke/Com.

Learning Resources

In case you missed it I have a 10-part series on Silverlight 5 on SilverlightShow.net. In this extensive guide to Silverlight 5 I give a step-by-step introduction to Silverlight 5 and dives into the features most important to a Silverlight developer.

  1. Introduction to SL5 – This post which provides a brief history of Silverlight and relevant links.
  2. Binding - Ancestor Relative Source Binding and Implicit Data Templates.
  3. Graphics –XNA 3D API and Improved Graphics Stack.
  4. Media - Low-Latency Sound using XNA and Remote Control and Media Command (Keys) Support.
  5. Text - Text Tracking and Leading Linked and Multi-column Text OpenType Support Pixel Snapped Text and TextOptions.
  6. Operating System Integration Part 1 - P/Invoke Multiple Windows and Unrestricted File System Access in Full Trust.
  7. Operating System Integration Part 2 - Default Filename for SaveFileDialog 64-bit browser support and Power Awareness.
  8. Productivity and Performance - XAML Binding Debugging Parser Performance Improvements and Multi-core JIT for improved start-up time.
  9. Controls - Double and Triple click support PivotViewer and ComboBox Type-Ahead.
  10. Other items - In-Browser HTML PostScript and Tasks for TPL.

Thanks for reading!