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Silverlight 4 has officially been released for just a little over 10 days now and I thought it was appropriate to give you some details on how to get started with it. There are a few important things to understand before working with Silverlight 4. First check Tim Heuer's blog post on what is new in Silverlight 4 here.

Visual Studio 2010
First, Silverlight 4 development is only compatable with Visual Studio 2010 and NOT 2008. Therefore, if you have not yet gotten Visual Studio 2010, then I suggest using the express editions found here. (DONT WORRY! Visual Studio 2010 will install and work side by side with Visual Studio 2008)

Silverlight Tools for VS2010
Once you have Visual Studio 2010 in place, then you can get the Visual Studio 2010 tools, because VS 2010 ships only supporting Silverlight 3 out of the gate. Now this is where some confusion can set in. The tools, unlike the actual Silverlight 4 runtime have not been officially released. Thats right, the tools are only in "release canidate" mode and Microsoft promises to release these tools to official "RTM" soon but I don't know the date for them. You can get the tools here.

Silverlight Toolkit
Silverlight toolkit has been updated to an April release specifically to support Silverlight 4 and you can get those bits here.

Expression Blend 4
Like the VS2010 tools, Expression Blend 4 is also only in "RC" status and has not officially released yet. One great thing about Expression Blend 4 is if you currently own the full version of Expression Blend 3, you can upgrade to 4 at no additional cost. WOOHOO! You can download a trial of Expression Blend 4 RC here.

Silverlight 4 Training Kit
Microsoft has just released a new free Silverlight 4 Training Kit that walks you through building business applications with Silverlight 4. You can also download the entire offline version of the kit here.  You can use the 8 modules, 25 videos, and several hands on labs online or offline from links on the Channel 9 site.



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