Silverlight Announcements at PDC 2008

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I’m at PDC2008 day 2.  There were lots of announcements, including a first look at the Windows 7 user interface.

There were some really interesting announcements regarding support for Ribbon and Multitouch in WPF and MFC along with quite a few demos of real products using the technology.

I saw a very impressive demo of the “Office Online” product that provides Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Onenote for the web.  What I saw today is far in advance of any other web-based productivity suite I’ve seen before.   They said that some of the functionality was provided by Silverlight.  I’m not sure how much.

Exciting news for me is the Silverlight Tooklit.  This provides 12 new controls:

  • AutoCompleteBox
  • NumericUpDown
  • Viewbox
  • Expander
  • ImplicitStyleManager
  • Charting
  • TreeView
  • DockPanel
  • WrapPanel
  • Label
  • HeaderedContentControl
  • HeaderedItemsControl

 

More information here : http://www.codeplex.com/Silverlight

So does that make Silverlight a “Game Changer” yet?

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