Microsoft set to unveil Silverlight 5 features today

By Tom Warren, on 2nd Dec 10 9:55 am with 1 Comment

Microsoft Silverlight Firestarter event

Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie will take to the stage and detail the company’s next version of Silverlight today.

Microsoft is dedicating a whole day of Silverlight webcasts for developers. The software giant will host a developer event later today where it promises to reveal the future of Silverlight. Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie will be on hand to detail the future roadmap of Silverlight at Microsoft. Several Microsoft employees will also host sessions covering training and performance tips for coding Silverlight applications.

The event, described as “an extra day of PDC, decidated to Silverlight”, will be hosted at Microsoft’s headquarters on December 2, 2010. Microsoft will also stream the sessions over the web for developers worldwide.

The software giant went on damage control last month after comments by Microsoft’s Bob Muglia. Microsoft revealed their strategy had “shifted” for Silverlight in an interview with Mary Jo Foley at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) last month. Bob Muglia admitted to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley  that “HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything”. Muglia made his comments at a time when Silverlight developers are crying out for information on the future direction of Silverlight and any hints at Silverlight 5.

“Silverlight is our development platform for Windows Phone,” said Muglia. The Microsoft President, in charge of the company’s server and tools division, assured Foley  that there would be a future version of Silverlight and that it would be very much in line, in terms of functionality and features, as Silverlight 4. After Muglia’s revelations the company went on damage control and even CEO Steve Ballmer issued a statement. “Silverlight provides the richest media streaming capabilities on the web, and we will continue to deliver that on both Windows and Mac,” wrote the Microsoft CEO in a statement released last month.

Microsoft is expected to detail further enhancements for Silverlight 5 and announce plans to bring Silverlight to the Xbox 360. Microsoft posted a job listing in late November, hinting that the next version of Silverlight will be made available on the Xbox. The job posting claims that Microsoft is looking to hire developers to create “ground breaking multiscreen platform experiences now targeting the XBOX.” The posting goes on to describe the responsibility of “delivering features for Silverlight on the XBOX as part of the next wave.”

Microsoft’s Silverlight “firestarter” day will commence at 9AM PST (see other time zones).

  • GP007

    Sweet, I can’t wait to see what they roll out for v5.