So, it's now time to officially present , Microsoft new vision for creating, managing and experiencing content on all platforms, be it the desktop, web or mobile. Microsoft Silverlight is the new name for Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E). It allows developers to create and users to consume Silverlight applications on Macintosh or Windows operating systems and on multiple browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
Here are some features of Silverlight:
Other components of Silverlight will include updated Expression tools, a Expression Media Encoder that support WMV and VC-1 video standards. One of the things you'll quickly see is sites using Silverlight will be able to deliver 720p HD content to the masses like Soapbox / Youtube. Checkout the feature comparison chart:
Rich 2D animation/graphics with audio and video
Industry standard video codec
Scalable video format from HD to mobile
Hardware-assisted editing and encoding solutions
XML (XAML)-based presentation layer for SEO
Choice of standards-based and high-performance languages
End-to-end server and application platform
Media server licensing (unlimited bandwidth)
Content access protection (DRM)
Client side playlists for ad-insertion
Robust video publishing tools and 3rd party ecosystem
High-performance, multi-core enabled client
Scalable full screen video up to HD (720p)
Native support for device-based video
Offline, document support
Supported operating systems
Microsoft's broader development platform and additional details about Silverlight will be shared in the keynote presentation at Microsoft's upcoming Mix07 conference, April 30 in Las Vegas. Microsoft will also release the beta for Silverlight during the Mix07 conference. More information about the Mix07 event can be found at http://www.mix07.com.
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