April 16, 2007

Microsoft launches Silverlight

At last Microsoft moves WPF/E to Silverlight! This shows Microsoft is not far from Abode's Apollo and Pramatic's Dekoh in the race of building cross-browser and cross-platform for developing rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web. All these three products are in race head to head and I recommend you (web developers) keep a close look on these technology because these are going to transform the web! Even though all these (including Silverlight) are in their pre-release and is meant for developers to test they are brilliant and highly innovative work from these companies.

Now looking into Silverlight, the first change here is Microsoft gave WPF/E (the project codename) to Silverlight and display it as a development procduct rather than keeping it in MSDN. And this is the only major change I can see!!! They have given it a name, site and yah, its more publicly accessible.

Microsoft's definition of Silverlight is :"
Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web". But I am still wondering will they support linux this time around and provide the runtime? Or will the mono project develop the runtime as they developed the .Net counter part for linux?

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