Silverlight 1.1 becomes Silverlight 2.0
Since the announcement of Silverlight 1.0 and 1.1 back at MIX’07, there has been many questions swirling around as to why Silverlight 1.1 wasn’t jumping a full version to Silverlight 2.0. Typically in a Microsoft product evolution, anytime you release minor or subtle changes, you would typically do a “point” release (ie. .NET Framework 1.1). However, if the product goes through significant modifications and game changing feature enhancements, you’d bump up to the next full version (ie. .NET Framework 2.0, .NET Framework 3.0). These follow the typical Major/Minor version numbering scheme.
There is no argument that the next version planned for Silverlight is going to include significant feature enhancements to the underlying Silverlight technology (Cross-Platform/Cross-Browser Common Language Runtime support, Dynamic Language Runtime, Base Class Libraries, etc.), therefore the product team has announced that the next version will be officially termed Silverlight 2.0. This is a good move. Certainly one that helps our customers and developers understand the sea change coming with Silverlight 2.0.
You will find a Beta of Silverlight 2.0 coming in Q1/2008. To get the knowledge and guidance you need for building Silverlight 2.0 applications, we well as find out the latest information on Microsoft’s web direction, I’d highly suggest attending this years MIX’08 conference. We’ll see you in Vegas!