Silverlight was designed with cross-browser and cross-platform support in mind. Silverlight supports Internet Explorer and Firefox on the PC and Safari and Firefox on the Mac. Through our friends at Novell, the Moonlight project will be the Silverlight answer for Linux machines.
Silverlight 2 is small in size (4.6MB) and only takes seconds to install on a machine that doesn't already have the runtime installed. It does not require the .NET Framework to be installed on a computer to run - the Silverlight setup download includes everything necessary to play video or run applications.
Silverlight’s adoption has been growing at a rapid rate since Silverlight 1 was launched last year. From the Silverlight press release:
Community Support and Interoperability
The future for Silverlight is very promising. Some examples of applications to come:
Also, we’ll be covering a lot on Silverlight including Silverlight’s support for Mobile devices at PDC.
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