Republished with Permission - Original Article
This evening we published the first public release candidate
of Silverlight 2.
There are still a small handful of bugs fixes that we plan
to make before we finally ship. We are releasing today's build, though,
so that developers can start to update their existing Silverlight Beta2
applications so that they'll work the day the final release ships, as well as
to enable developers to report any last minute showstopper issues that we
haven't found internally (please report any of these on the www.silverlight.net
Important: We are releasing only the Silverlight Developer
Runtime edition (as well as the VS and Blend tools to support it) today, and
are not releasing the regular end-user edition of Silverlight. This is
because we want to give existing developers a short amount of time to update
their applications to work with the final Silverlight 2 APIs before sites are
allowed to go live with it. There are some breaking changes between Beta2
and this RC, and we want to make sure that existing sites can update to the
final release quickly once the final release is out. As such, you can
only use the RC for development right now - you can't go live with the new APIs
until the final release is shipped (which will be soon though).
You can download today's Silverlight Release Candidate and
accompanying VS and Blend support for it here.
Note that Expression Blend support for Silverlight 2 is now provided using
Blend 2.0 SP1. You will need to install Blend 2.0 before applying the SP1
service pack that adds Silverlight 2 support. If you don't already have
Blend 2.0 installed you can download a free trial of it here.