What happens in Vegas, doesn’t stays in Vegas!!!

Especially not in this case. Yesterdays’s announcements at MIX around Microsoft Silverlight and Expression Studio will create the necessary buzz and it’s sure they will not go unnoticed!!! It’s a shame I couldn’t make it myself due to other priorities (private & work), because it’s always fun being at the center of action, especially if you can take some Belgian customers/partners.

The combination of Microsoft Silverlight and the latest platform and tooling enhancements make the .NET Framework unequaled for building and delivering Web, Windows, and rich interactive applications. The .NET Framework now also has unparalleled support for developer and designer tools and multiple languages, ensuring the most productive experience for developers and designers alike. Today’s announcements include the following:

 Silverlight Unveiling the Silverlight Programming Model Details

  • Availability of Silverlight 1.0 Beta to support JavaScript/AJAX. Silverlight enables developers and designers to easily use existing skills and Visual Studio and Expression Studio tools to deliver media experiences and rich interactive applications. Silverlight works with any back-end Web platform or technology, seamlessly integrating with existing infrastructure and applications, including Apache and PHP, as well as JavaScript and XHTML on the client.
  • Availability of Silverlight 1.1 Alpha to support cross-platform.NET programming for building RIAs. Silverlight 1.1 enables developers to take advantage of support for powerful .NET features including ASP.NET AJAX and Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) language; cross-platform debugging capabilities; and rich language support for JavaScript, Visual Basic, C#, Python and Ruby.
  • Microsoft Silverlight Streaming. Silverlight Streaming is a new companion service for Silverlight that makes it easier for developers and designers to deliver and scale rich media as part of their Silverlight applications. 4Gb free streaming storage.

RTM of Expression Studio

  • Expression Studio RTM’ed on April 27th! Microsoft’s end-to-end tools for creative designers, boosts collaboration with developers in the delivery of next-generation user experiences for Windows, the Web and beyond.

Preview of Expression Studio and Visual Studio Support for Silverlight

  • Releasing Expression Blend 2.0 May Preview to support Silverlight.
  • Expression Media Encoder Preview for Silverlight.
  • Silverlight Tools Alpha for Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 to support Silverlight. 

More info @ the new Silverlight Community site community site!!!