Silverlight 5 RC now available for download
Much has been the expectation about Silverlight 5 ever since the fire-starter in December 2010 Silverlight 5 has been the expectation of every SL developer ever since the SL4 release and the huge momentum surrounding HTML5 on the web. While HTML5 is definitely promising, Silverlight and other proprietary plugins have their own strengths in terms of rich capabilities such as Digital Rights Management which have evolved to a great extent. In MIX 2011, Scott Guthrie unveiled Silverlight 5 Beta among ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2011 7:38 PM | Comments (5)

Visual Studio RTM, Silverlight 4 RTM and WCF RIA Services download links
Its been a long time since I blogged. Primarily due to Tech Ed India, the ongoing Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS 2010) and the related travels. However, here is a quick post with a few updates. Visual Studio 2010 RTMed in India during Tech Ed. We had the privilege of having Soma our Senior VP launch VS 2010 RTM in Bangalore, India, during Tech Ed India 2010. With that we also had Silverlight 4 getting RTMed during the same week. Earlier I had written posts around using the VS 2010 Beta, RC and ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 5:34 PM | Comments (20)

India - Union Budget – Live on - Powered by Silverlight

If you want to catch up with the Indian Budget being presented today, i.e. July 6, 2009, you can watch it live at

All of this playing out of Silverlight !!!

Cheers !!!

Posted On Monday, July 6, 2009 4:13 AM | Comments (3)

Playing HTML5 Video with fall back for IE8/IE7 and earlier versions of other browsers using Silverlight
One of the popular HTML5 tags is the video tag. The ability to play videos without depending on a plugin is something that excites web developers to a great extent and no wonder you end up seeing video demos in all HTML5 conferences. Now, coming to HTML5 Video, the tag itself is simply <video id=”ID” src=”FILENAME.mp4/ogv/webm” > in the simplest form. This also means that the video needs to be H.256 encoded MP4 format or some of the other formats as mentioned above. For a detailed specification ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:26 PM | Comments (19)

Visual Studio 2010 RC – Silverlight 4 and WCF RIA Services Development - Updates from MIX Announcements
MIX is happening and there is a lot of excitement around the various releases such as the Windows Phone 7 Developer Preview, IE9 Platform Preview and few other announcements that have been made. Clearly, the Windows Phone 7 Developer Preview has generated the maximum interest and opened a plethora of opportunities for .NET Developers. It also takes the mobile development to a new generation and doesn’t force developers to learn different programming language. Along with this, few other releases have ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1:45 AM | Comments (389)

Bill Gates Live at Microsoft Research India, powered by Silverlight
Watch Bill Gates Live in the 5th anniversary celebration of Microsoft Research, India. Also, present would be the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Shri Kapil Sibal - HRD Ministry of India, Hon’ble Shri Prithviraj Chauhan - Minister of State for Science and Technology, India, Mr.N.R.Narayana Murthy – Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies, Prof.Ashok Jhunjhunwala – IIT Madras, Dr.P.Anandan – MD, Microsoft Research India. When is this event: Friday, 24th July 2009 10:30 AM IST Where do I watch this: Right ......

Posted On Thursday, July 23, 2009 8:22 AM | Comments (8)

Download Silverlight 3 Beta unveiled at MIX 09
Silverlight 3 Beta is just unveiled at MIX 09 today. Silverlight 3 is a huge advancement in rich internet application development on a variety of modern browsers supporting Windows and Macintosh platforms. It supports running Silverlight out of the browser (offline enabled) as well as improvements for video quality, richer features, enhanced developer productivity and much more. Along with it, Expression Blend 3 Preview that helps authoring SL 3 Beta Applications. You can download the SL 3 Beta from ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:55 PM | Comments (2)

Microsoft Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview “The pre-release version of this product has expired. You must update to a newer release." Error
I have been running Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 preview that targeted Silverlight 2 runtime and had not used it for a long time. When I tried opening it up last week, it threw the error “The pre-release version of this product has expired. You must update to a newer release” While there has been no Expression Blend 3 as per my knowledge, I didn't find a newer version of this 2.5 June preview as well, so was puzzled. Looked up the Expression site and their blog where they had a detailed post explaining ......

Posted On Friday, March 13, 2009 1:07 PM | Comments (0)

Silverlight 2, Visual Studio 2008 - "Object reference not set an instance of an object error"
After installing the latest SL 2 bits as well as the SL 2 Templates for Visual Studio 2008, when you create a new Silverlight Application, you might receive the error "object reference not set an instance of an object". You might also receive the error "This type of project is not supported in this installtion" error. This can happen basically if you have the SL 2 Beta 2 templates for VS 2008 or the Beta 1 templates. In my case I removed the Beta 2 bits but I still received the error while trying ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2008 2:20 PM | Comments (19)

Silverlight 2, Expression Blend 2 SP1 & Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview
While the news that we released Silverlight 2 today, is kind of generating the energy and almost all top blogs talk about it, I wanted to share a few things that might be useful for you as a designer / developer in getting started with the bits. First off, let me share installation tips. Remove the SL 2 Beta 2 Version (not mandatory but nice to do) Remove Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview. (This is Required ! The Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview stops you from installing the updated bits for working ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 14, 2008 8:17 PM | Comments (8)

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