Less than 24 hours ago Microsofts MIX09 conference kicked of in Las Vegas with Silverlight 3 taking centre stage. For those of you who have followed the conference build-up, this comes as no surprise, with twice as many Silverlight sessions (31) advertised than any other technology (WPF has a measly 4!). Probably the most hyped new feature is the capability for out of browser / offline experience, where a user can right click a silverlight application to install it into a local sandbox. This certainly puts a spanner in the works for JavaFX whose drag-and-drop deployment to the desktop seemed to be its only unique selling point. Incidentally, you can already see a demo of Silverlight 3 out-of-browser on Shaun Wildermuth’s blog.