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    Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

    Tim Sneath, Windows Vista Technical Guru, has reported:

    Introducing Microsoft Silverlight



    ...Microsoft Silverlight: our next-generation, cross-platform, cross-browser web client runtime. Silverlight (previously codenamed "WPF/E") is a lightweight subset of XAML for building rich media experiences on the web.
    There's lots of material at the NAB virtual press room site, but I thought I'd share my top ten list of reasons why you might want to use Silverlight:
    1. It supports playback of WMV files on both PC and Macintosh, with many options for interactivity during playback; with just a couple of lines of code, you can provide a platform-neutral way to handle all your movie files. Silverlight supports full-screen 720p video and offers seamless transitions between full-screen and windowed mode without losing your position in the video (something that media sites are crying out for today).
    2. By separating markup (XAML) from code, Silverlight provides a familiar web metaphor for designers and developers. You can embed XAML directly within an HTML file if you want a simple, monolithic solution, or you can keep the two separate to enforce a delineation between different web development roles.
    3. Silverlight and HTML integrate seamlessly together. Every XAML element can be accessed or manipulated from the same client-side JavaScript that would be used to interact with any DHTML element: there are no artificial boundaries or barriers, and you can even overlay HTML elements on top of Silverlight content (simply by creating a windowless frame). We'll also make it very easy for an ASP.NET AJAX developer to add Silverlight content.
    4. You can embed XAML directly into your HTML pages; there's nothing binary or opaque about the format. There are only three steps necessary to add animation or media to your RIA application: (i) include a standard JavaScript file in your HTML header; (ii) call a function to create the Silverlight object anywhere on the screen; (iii) add some XAML content (an animation, some media) for runtime delivery.
    5. You have full runtime interactivity with Silverlight content. The contents of the XAML file can be completely server-generated, to contain information populated from a database. From JavaScript, it's just a matter of calling the createFromXaml method to add or remove elements dynamically at runtime. There's nothing that you can only create or manipulate at design-time.
    6. Silverlight is just a 1MB download on a PC (slightly more on a Macintosh because the universal package contains both Intel and PowerPC versions); it supports Windows XP and above, with Windows 2000 support to come.
    7. Silverlight is blindingly fast - for example, you can play many videos simultaneously without stuttering or dropping frames (subject to network bandwidth, of course). We're introducing a new video brush in Silverlight that allows you to use video as a texture for any 2D object (a rectangle, an ellipse or a path). This is going to allow designers incredible power to use media in new ways that have never been accessible through other existing technologies.
    8. Silverlight is both client- and server-agnostic. There's no difference between the Macintosh and PC runtimes; you don't need any Microsoft software on the server if you don't want to - you can deliver a great Silverlight experience from an Apache / Linux server to a Mac OS 10.4 client.
    9. Silverlight is almost 100% upward compatible with WPF. Animation, 2D vector graphics, media, text - they're all present in Silverlight and the concepts you've learnt in WPF carry forward (although Silverlight is a subset - it doesn't support WPF features such as 3D, data binding or templates). You can use the same tools (e.g. Expression Design) to generate content for Silverlight; you can take XAML from Silverlight and use it in a WPF application when you want to scale up and take full advantage of your local machine.
    10. Ah... #10. I can't reveal this yet - there's a big surprise up our collective corporate sleeve that will be announced at MIX. I hate to hold back on you, but anticipation is part of the pleasure, as my mother used to tell me as a child when I was waiting impatiently for Christmas to come!

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    Sounds wonderful. I guess its success will come down to what sort of compelling content is available for consumers, to be delivered in this format.

    It's nice to know that Microsoft is still seeking to innovate in this space. I never got excited over Windows Media-anything.
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    Lightbulb Re: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

    Wish I had some big bucks to buy a giant pile of MS stock for a little while. I have been watching the stock market to learn how it works. Each time some company reports something, the stock soars for a day then goes back to about where it was. I think this is one of the news items that will do just that.

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    Re: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

    first off, i don't know what any of that means. i don't know what it is. i don't know how much it costs. but i do know what microsoft is.

    and leaf, those people are day traders. and if you're good you make a buttload of money.
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    Re: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

    More on SilverLight, from the horse hisself:

    http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

    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.


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

    Hmmm... looks interesting! I look forward to finding out what #10 is.
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    Re: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHannifin
    Hmmm... looks interesting! I look forward to finding out what #10 is.
    Here's a hint...


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    Re: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Here's a hint...

    Set it and forget it! Woohoo!
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    Re: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

    But can it prevent side-fumbling in your retroencabulator?

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    is this thing like a new flash player?
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