Silverlight – The Beginning

Get Started

1. Watch the Getting Started Video

Watch It

2. Download the Bits

Runtimes

Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 – Mac or Windows

Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha September Refresh – Mac or Windows

Developer Tools

The latest Visual Studio

Microsoft ASP.NET Futures (July 2007) This release includes Silverlight controls for ASP.NET.

Designer Tools

Expression Blend 2 September Preview

Expression Encoder

Expression Design

Software Development Kits

Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 Software Development Kit

Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Software Development Kit Alpha September Refresh

3. Download the Tools

Visit the Quickstarts to create your first application.
Download a sample from the gallery.
Have a question? Visit Forums.
Read the documentation.
Stay informed, subscribe to RSS.

Via Silverlight Get Started

Videos

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QuickStarts

The Silverlight QuickStart documentation consists of three categories of topics:

Silverlight Development and ASP.NET Futures

Developers may especially find the new ASP.NET Media and XAML controls, which can be used to play various types of media files and add XAML markup within ASP.NET applications, of interest.

See Also

Via Silverlight: QuickStarts

Whitepapers

Getting Started with Silverlight
This white paper provides a high-level overview into Silverlight and how it fits into the development stack for the next generation of Web applications.
Silverlight Architecture Overview
This white paper provides a high-level overview of the Silverlight architecture and how it fits into the Microsoft offering for building next-generation Web applications. Also, this white paper provides an architectural review of the Silverlight technology.
Using Silverlight and RSS with ASP.NET
Learn how to use Microsoft Silverlight and RSS through ASP.NET to create a simple hero bar that is easily customizable and regenerated.

SILVERLIGHT MEDIA

These white papers provide an overview of the Video and Media capabilities of Silverlight.

Embeddable Video with Silverlight
Learn how to use Silverlight to build a service that can embed video on a blog (or any other Web page), where all you need is an iFrame to the URL that contains your service.
Using Silverlight to Build a Hero Bar
Learn how to use Microsoft Silverlight and RSS through ASP.NET to create a simple hero bar that is easily customizable and regenerated.
Media and Entertainment Content Distribution on the Web
Windows Media technologies and the upcoming rich media client platform with Silverlight bring great improvements to the challenges of delivering content on the Web. This whitepaper discusses rich media scenarios and improvements.

Via Silverlight Whitpapers