I'm please to announce the general availability of the
Silverlight 5 release candidate (RC) as of approximately 10am
Pacific this morning (give the servers a few minutes to replicate
the links and content). Hop on over to the downloads page on
Silverlight.net and grab the bits and start using them.
This RC is a developer-only release (there is no go-live
license), designed to get you read for the final release later this
year. Use this release to update your SL5 beta code to work with
the namespace and reference changes, and to use the new
This isn't the final release, so please go out and test it, and
report any bugs you find.
In addition to what we had in the beta, some of the more
exciting features included in this release are:
Update 9/4/2011: A more complete list of features in Silverlight
5 is now available in my
Big List of What's New or Improved in Silverlight 5.
In addition, we made several changes to the locations of some of
the XNA namespaces and files. For example, you'll find that much of
the 3d stuff has moved to a different DLL. We've also changed the
Linked Text feature to use the read-only RichTextBlock rather than
the editable RichTextBox. I've updated both posts and their
downloadable source code to reflect the changes.
Please go ahead and refer back to the Silverlight 5 beta
information for other features. Here are some of my beta posts,
updated for the RC:
Other interesting references from the beta timeframe
If you're looking for a one-stop shop for learning Silverlight
5, consider my book
Silverlight 5 in Action, to be released near the end of this
year. It's currently in MEAP, with purchasers able to download
chapters as I make them available.