Microsoft just recently released Silverlight 2 Beta 1 at MIX08. They had also released the Expression 2 Betas and the Expression Blend 2.5 March 2008 Preview. These are truly exciting technologies that help us to create stunning RIA web applications.
Usually it is a bit of challenge for me to setup newer versions as they are released but I had come to believe that is a small price to pay for living on the edge. But, this time when Microsoft released Silverlight 2 Beta 1 and its additional SDKs/components to support Visual Studio 2008, they made the installation easy and in one package. So if you are interested, go ahead and download the Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008. The installation actually takes care of everything that is required and installs the following:
- Silverlight 2 Beta 1
- Silverlight 2 SDK Beta 1
- KB949325 for VS2008
- Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for VS2008
And it includes:
- Visual Basic and C# Project templates
- Intellisense and code generators for XAML
- Debugging of Silverlight applications
- Web reference support
- Integration with Expression Blend
Just make sure you uninstall any previous installations of Silverlight versions or any Silverlight SDK components, otherwise the installer will throw an error. For other scenarios, errors and gotchas read the excellent post from Bradley Bartz, which covers the installation process in detail.