Today Scott Guthrie (affectionately known as ScottGu) made a series of announcements about the evolution of Silverlight.
This blog entry won't repeat those points but will build on them to discuss the support that I will be lucky enough to be able to provide between now and RTM.
First, the one thing that I've heard at every presentation is that the community needs to know two things: when is Silverlight 1.0+ coming and what will be in it. Today we were able to give pretty strong answers: There will be a beta with a go-live in the first quarter of 2008 and it will include a lot of great stuff (see Scott's blog entry for the complete list). These features will be supported by updates to a free Visual Studio 2008 tools update that will work with VS Pro/Standard and Express.
The new Silverlight is a significant enough step that we've renamed it Silverlight 2.0.
When we release, we will also provide a series of "How Do I" videos so that you can get up and running immediately with each new release.
In addition, Scott will be starting a blog tutorial series in a few weeks on building 2.0 applications. He has agreed to bring me into that process so that I can support these tutorials (within the limits of what we are saying publicly) and so that, over time, I can continue the tutorials moving forward. (From a personal perspective, it just doesn't get any cooler than that!)
More very soon…