Now I’m sure you’ve read about the new release candidate for Silverlight and the alpha refresh. But don’t forget that there is also an update to blend.
Many of the developer sites are quoting the RC but forgetting about blend. Now because they think that blend is a designer tool its being highlighted in the the designer channels but believe me as a developer you need blend I would not want to try to design animations in xaml. I like to see what I’m doing and pick colours and gradients not code them (unless of course that’s what’s required).
So don’t forget get the new blend as well as silverlight runtimes and sdks.