Microsoft launches Silverlight

Recently Microsoft announced Silverlight (previously codenamed “WPF/E”).

It is said to be a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web.

The current Download page for Silverlight offers the February 2007 Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Silverlight Client, which is intended for developers and designers. The client is quite small in size. (1.09MB) and installed very quickly.

I also downloaded the Silverlight Community Technology Preview Sample Pack and experienced some Silverlight samples running locally on my computer and I must say that they are quite interesting.

The Silverlight is offering support for XAML for building rich media experiences on the web.

Read Tim Sneath’s MSDN blog for ten reasons why you might want to use Silverlight.

It must be brought to your attention that people have already started talking about Silverlight, being a competitor of Flash.

2 comments so far

  1. Ramnath R Iyer on

    Cross-platform? No support for Linux 😛

  2. Fr0z3n on

    hehe! Doesnt say that its platform independent. so cross-platform seems right as it is supported on windows and Mac.

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