Silverlight 1.0 is available now, and soon on Linux!

Silverlight 1.0 is available now, and soon on Linux!

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Silverlight is a pretty exciting technology.  It really enables a whole new breed of rich & interactive web applications to be built.  It's been a lot of fun telling people about Silverlight and showing them how it works.  Today, Silverlight 1.0 has been officially released.  Silverlight is a cross-platform browser plug-in that enables integration with media, XAML, & Javascript (and in 1.1, .NET languages).  It's available on both Windows and the Mac now.

When I've discussed Silverlight's cross-platform support, the first question I always get is "What about Linux?"   Well, along with the release of 1.0, Microsoft has also announced that there will be full support for Silverlight on Linux!  That's a big piece of the cross-platform puzzle finally coming into the picture.  Silverlight on Linux will be a joint effort with Novell.

Silverlight was the first to introduce the ability to stream HD video content at 720p earlier this year.  Now support for the popular H.264 format has been added too.

Catch the PR release here.

Get the goodies here from Scott Guthrie.

Read Miguel de Icaza's blog for his perspective.

Want to see Silverlight in action?  Check out this preview of the upcoming Halo 3 game for XBox 360.