Beta 1 of Silverlight 2.0 is coming soon

Scott Guthrie announced on his blog that the first beta of Silverlight 2.0 is coming soon.  He gave an overview of what is included and linked to tutorials for a sample application.

A few things are interesting in the announcement:

  • Not only are http protocols like SOAP and RSS supported but socket based networking is also included.  This could mean that Silverlight applications have the ability to communicate with applications on the host computer via remoting.  I’ll be checking that out when the beta comes.
  • Threading will be there.
  • Local storage.  This will be big for Silverlight, in my opinion.

I think the crucial component affecting adoption by developers will be how much of WPF is available.  Scott mentioned that it will be a compatible subset.  If this subset is large enough that component vendors are able to deliver controls that work the same on standalone clients and in Silverlight, the adoption will be swift and wide.

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