In case you haven’t heard yet, Microsoft announced that a Release Candidate of the Silverlight 2 tools are now available. You can download it now here:
Included is the Silverlight 2 SDK, Silverlight 2 Visual Studio Tools, the Silverlight 2 Developer Runtime and Blend 2 SP1 (was called Blend 2.5 but is now a patch to Blend 2 instead). Note that the Release Candidate should give you time to get your applications ready for release, but that the runtime won’t be generally available on the Internet until Silverlight 2 reaches release. Unlike when Silverlight 2 Beta 2 was released, you won’t have to rush to fix your applications.
This means there is no “Go-Live” license with the Release Candidate, but you can modify your code to be compatible with the release and be ready to deploy them once the RTW (Release to Web) happens (which hopefully will happen soon).
Note: Beta 2 users will automatically be upgraded to the RTW version once its available.
Also make sure you look at the Breaking Changes document to see what’s changed. The changes are not dramatic but there are a couple of surprises:
For all the changes, please review the Breaking Changes document.
I am currently converting all my examples to RTW and they will ship when the release happens.