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  • OpenSilver 2.1 Brings F# Support for the Silverlight Reimplementation

    OpenSilver 2.1, an update for the remake of the discontinued Silverlight web application framework, introduces support for F# language. The update also contains migrated samples from the original toolkit and allows developers to use themes.

  • OpenSilver 2.0 Adds VB.NET, RIA Services and Live XAML Preview

    OpenSilver 2.0, a new version of the replacement for the old Silverlight web application framework, brings support for Visual Basic.NET and RIA Services. It also updates the tooling, featuring a live XAML preview designer in Visual Studio.

  • OpenSilver 1.1 Promises 99% of Code Compatibility with Silverlight Applications

    OpenSilver, a "plugin-free" replacement for retired Silverlight browser technology, has released an update that claims to be able to reuse 99% of existing Silverlight application code and run it in a modern browser with WebAssembly and HTML5.

  • Time is Running out on Silverlight

    In approximately 15 months from now, Silverlight will effectively cease to exist. On October 12, 2021, users will no longer be able to download the IE plugin needed to use applications created with it.

  • OpenSilver: Open-Source Silverlight via WebAssembly

    Earlier this month, Userware released the first version of OpenSilver, an open-source reimplementation of Silverlight. OpenSilver runs on current browsers via WebAssembly, without requiring any additional plug-ins. The current version of OpenSilver is available as "Technology Preview." It covers about 60% of the original Silverlight API and is available as a Visual Studio 2019 extension.

  • Chrome 42 Disables NPAPI and Related Plug-ins: Java, Unity, Silverlight

    As outlined in the NPAPI Deprecation Guide, Chrome 42, which was due this month and was recently released to the stable channel, has disabled support for the Netscape Plug-in API. The reason is that NPAPI “has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity” and the intent was first announced in 2013.

  • DevExpress on the Future of WinForms and Silverlight

    You can tell a lot about the future of a UI toolkit by how the third party control vendors are treating it. Since their revenue is based around correctly predicting what developers are going to be using in the near future, they spend a lot of time and effort researching the topic. In this report, we’ll be looking at DevExpress and their treatment of WinForms and Silverlight.

  • Changes to the Silverlight Runtime for Windows Phone

    Until now we’ve been focusing on Common XAML, but now our attention turns to Silverlight for Windows Phone. Though Common XAML (i.e. Universal Apps) is meant to eventually replace it, the Silverlight framework is still a viable option for Windows Phone developers.

  • XAML Spy 2.0.5 Adds Add App Wizard and Feature Improvements

    XAML Spy has released updates for the month of January with support for Add App Wizard with the ability to navigate installed apps by selecting the Show All Apps button in the XAML Spy Explorer toolbar. The latest release also enables you to activate and disable XAML Spy for multiple projects at a time.

  • Nevron Open Vision Enables Cross Platform Application Development with Windows, WPF and Silverlight

    The recently released Nevron Open Vision enable development of cross platform presentation layer applications with support for Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Framework (WPF) and Silverlight. It will be soon updated to support Mac OS, iOS, Android and WinRT.

  • RadControls for WPF and Silverlight Q2 2013 SP1 with Entity Framework 6 Support and Several Features

    Telerik has released RadControls for WPF and Silverlight Q2 2013 SP1 with the ability to change application icon set during runtime in addition to support for Entity Framework 6. It also provides an ability to pass event arguments to command when using Telerik EventToCommandBehavior in addition to several new features and improvements.

  • Google Releases Dart 1.0

    Two years after its initial announcement and preview release, Lars Bak announced the first stable release of Dart at Devvox in Belgium today. Dart is Google’s new web programming language and platform for developing modern web applications.

  • XAML Spy is Now Free

    First Floor Software, makers of XAML Spy, is now offering a free version of their flagship product. Known as XAML Spy Express, this product allows developers to browse the visual tree of a running WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, or Windows Store application.

  • Chrome to Drop Support for NPAPI Plugins Including Java, Silverlight, and Unity

    Stating that “NPAPI’s 90s-era architecture has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity”, Google intends to remove the Netscape Plug-in API. This is the plug-in technology used host application runtimes such as Silverlight, Java, and Unity. They are beginning the process in January by disabling all plugins not a small whitelist.

  • Announcing Open RIA Services

    WCF RIA Services will soon be rereleased under the Apache 2 license as Open RIA Services. In preparation for this some functionality is being dropped from Visual Studio 2013.