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When Microsoft delivered the final Silverlight 4 bits in mid-April, a few complementary components weren't done yet. But this week, the company is making available for download some of those missing pieces. Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) RIA Services for Silverlight is one of those, but it is downloadable as of May 17.
Silverlight is Microsoft's entrant into the rich Internet application space, alongside rivals such as Adobe Systems Flash. But the HTML5 specification has been emerging as a potential rival and eventual replacement for single-vendor technologies such as Flash and Silverlight. Silverlight 4 was released last month. Siverlight 4 Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 can be downloaded at Microsoft's Web site.
Microsoft also made available for download Monday an add-on package Silverlight 4 tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 which supports the WCF RIA Services. The tool add-on can be installed on top of either Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Web Developer 2010 Express. A description of its capabilities (from the download site): The Silverlight 4 add-on tools extend existing Silverlight 3 features and multitargeting capabilities in Visual Studio 2010 to also create applications for Silverlight 4 using C# or Visual Basic.
"Please note: many of the new designer features work well with WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) as well as Silverlight projects, so this download is definitely recommended for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 WPF designer users too," the Microsoft Visual Studio WPF and Silverlight Designer Team said in a blog post on Monday.
This week, Microsoft is making available for download some of those missing pieces. Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) RIA Services for Silverlight is one of those, but it is downloadable as of May 17