Microsoft is releasing a first beta of the Silverlight 5 at MIX11 conference in Las Vegas. The opportunity for Microsoft, again represented by Scott Guthrie to present some demonstrations of this plug-in, which seems to be moving increasingly towards specific fields such as video streaming or 3D. In short, the usage scenarios that HTML5 is not yet, according to Microsoft, is as powerful as Silverlight.
The main new features of Silverlight 5 concern because of these two aspects, with support for GPU acceleration in both cases: the decoding of the video, and integration of 3D. One remembers that at the last MAX, Adobe had introduced similar developments for Flash. Other new features include the Silverlight 64-bit support and the ability to vary the speed of a video without distortion. Silverlight Beta 5 can be downloaded from silverlight.net for Windows and Mac OS X. However, it is prudent to be used only for testing purposes.