Microsoft Silver Light 2.0

Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. By using Silverlight's support for .NET, High Definition video, cost-effective advanced streaming, and unparalleled high-resolution interactivity with Deep Zoom technology, businesses can reach out to new markets across the Web, desktop, and devices.

Microsoft has made the Silverlight browser plug-in freely available for all supported platforms and browsers.

Microsoft announced the release of the industry's most comprehensive and powerful solution for the creation and delivery of applications and media experiences through a Web browser. Silverlight 2 delivers a wide range of new features and tooling that enable designers and developers to better collaborate while creating more accessible, more discoverable, and more secure user experiences. Microsoft also announced further support of open source communities by funding advanced Silverlight development capabilities with the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) and by providing new controls to developers with the Silverlight Control Pack (SCP) under the Microsoft Permissive License (Ms-PL).

In particular, the RIA Development features include:

•A compatible subset of the .NET Framework Support with a Rich Base Class Library
•Powerful Built-in Controls
•Advanced Skinning and Templating Support
•Comprehensive Networking Support
•Expanded .NET Framework Language Support
•Advanced content protection features, now including Silverlight DRM, Powered by PlayReady
•Improved Server Scalability and Expanded Advertiser Support
In addition to the new RIA development and media experience features, Microsoft is announcing that it is open sourcing the Silverlight Control Pack, publishing the spec for the XAML Vocabulary for Silverlight, and providing funding for a community project to integrate advanced Silverlight development features into the free, open source Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE). By helping bring Silverlight development to the Eclipse IDE, Microsoft will eventually enable Mac and Linux users to participate in the designer-developer workflow.

Microsoft also announced the Visual Studio Tools for Silverlight for the free Visual Web Developer (VWD) Express Edition. These tools will enable novice developers, hobbyists, and students to quickly and easily create compelling Web experiences free-of-charge.

Finally, in addition to the announcements pertaining to the new features in Silverlight 2, and the announcements pertaining to greater interoperability and standards support, Silverlight is on track to becoming one of the fastest-growing browser plug-ins in the history of the Internet. According to Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, Developer Division at Microsoft: "We launched Silverlight just over one year ago and already one in four consumers worldwide have access to a computer with Silverlight."

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