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Silvertlight 4 got release this week and with that blogs and social media got a fantastic coverage of the details, hopefully I got the ones that will help you to get started fast.

Step 1: Install VS2010 unless you want to keep using the WP7 SDK to write applications, the new release does not include the beta of Windows Phone 7.

http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/download

Step 1.5: If you developing apps for Window Phone 7 check this link for the information.

Step 2: Make sure your customers have the correct runtime. This is important, when you are writing application with your new shiny VS2010 make sure that the upgraded apps request the correct version of the runtime.

http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

Really this is about all. I am sure you already spent your time using VS2010 Beta and then RC, so you know about the new look and feel, yet things didn’t change much besides a very cross platform IDE. Upgrading from Silverlight 3 to Silverlight 4 and then downgrading again is so simple. And remember, you can now use the new .NET 4! Huge bonus.

Need to learn more?

Jesse Liberty as always has the best tutorials: http://www.silverlight.net/learn/tutorials/

Seriously before you purchase any book, read his tutorials about SL4, nobody explains it better or knows more details.

http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/devices/windows-phone/

http://www.silverlight.net/getstarted/ To download SL 4 and SDK for developers

I recommend to install VS2010 and upgrade your solution file from VS2008 to VS2010, as is cross platform, you’ll still can work in .NET 3.5 and Silverlight 3 without any issues.

A few things: If you have been using VS2003, VS2005 and VS2008 the look and feel will be a little hard to get used at the beginning. Also I would recommend a powerful computer to run the new Visual Studio 2010, looks like that IDE takes more resources that the predecessor. 

Good luck and have fun!

Cheers

Al

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