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Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 released today

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Silverlight Homepage U can download apropriate packages from here for your OS.

Download Silverlight 1.0 runtime for Windows. 1.4 MB

MoonLight for Linux Information

Microsoft Press Release

Moonlight project showcase

Microsoft today released to the Web (RTW) Silverlight™ 1.0, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering richer user experiences on the Web. In addition, Microsoft will work with Novell Inc. to deliver Silverlight support for Linux, called Moonlight, and based on the project started on mono-project.com.

Silverlight significantly reduces development and deployment costs and provides enhanced Web audio and video streaming and playback using industry-leading Windows Media® Technologies. Microsoft unveiled new Silverlight customer experiences on “Entertainment Tonight,” HSN and World Wrestling Entertainment, and also launched the Silverlight Partner Initiative, a program designed to foster collaboration among solution providers, content delivery networks, tools vendors and design agencies.

“Our expectations for compelling, immersive experiences on the Web are increasing daily,” said Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect. “With today’s release of Silverlight 1.0, we’re making it possible for developers and designers to deliver to individuals the kind of high-def experiences they crave by integrating data and services in rich and unique ways. Silverlight will further accelerate the growth in rich interactive applications by giving developers and designers new options for delivering great experiences that span the Web, PC, phone and other devices.”
Official Blog

Silverlight 1.0 and Expression Encoder 1.0 Released

Today we shipped the Silverlight 1.0 release for Mac and Windows. Silverlight 1.0 is focused on enabling rich media scenarios in a browser. Some of its features include:
  • Built-in codec support for playing VC-1 and WMV video, and MP3 and WMA audio within a browser. The VC-1 codec is a big step forward for incorporating media within a web experience - since it supports very efficiently playing high-quality, high definition video in the browser. It is a standards-based media format that is implemented in all HD-DVD and Blueray DVD players, and is supported by hundreds of millions of mobile devices, XBOX 360s, PlayStation 3s, and Windows Media Centers (enabling you to encode content once and run it on all of these devices + Silverlight unmodified). It enables you to use a huge library of existing video content and provides access to the broad ecosystem of existing Windows Media tools, components, vendors and hardware.
  • Silverlight supports the ability to progressively download and play media content from any web-server. You can point Silverlight at any URL containing video/audio media content, and it will download it and enable you to play it within the browser. No special server software is required, and Silverlight can work with any web-server (including Apache on Linux). We'll also be releasing an IIS 7.0 media pack that enables rich bandwidth throttling features that you can enable on your web-server for free.
  • Silverlight also optionally supports built-in media streaming. This enables you to use a streaming server like Windows Media Server on the backend to efficiently stream video/audio (note: Windows Media Server is a free product that runs on Windows Server). Streaming brings some significant benefits in that: 1) it can improve the end-user's experience when they seek around in a large video stream, and 2) it can dramatically lower your bandwidth costs.
  • Silverlight enables you to create rich UI and animations, and blend vector graphics with HTML to create compelling content experiences. It supports a Javascript programming model to develop these. One benefit of this is that it makes it really easy to integrate these experiences within AJAX web-pages (since you can write Javascript code to update both the HTML and XAML elements together).
  • Silverlight makes it easy to build rich video player interactive experiences. You can blend together its media capabilities with the vector graphic support to create any type of media playing experience you want. Silverlight includes the ability to "go full screen" to create a completely immersive experience, as well as to overlay menus/content/controls/text directly on top of running video content (allowing you to enable DVD like experiences). Silverlight also provides the ability to resize running video on the fly without requiring the video stream to be stopped or restarted.
Today we also shipped the Expression Encoder 1.0 release on the web. Expression Encoder is part of the Microsoft Expression suite of products, and enables designers and content professionals to enhance, encode and publish media content for Silverlight. You can use it to import media files from a variety of formats (QuickTime, WMV, AVI and more), add leaders and trailers to videos for advertising or roll credits, easily watermark video with corporate logos or brands, and then tune the encoding settings to create optimal web-friendly Silverlight experiences.
Silverlight also works fine on Mac OS X


& Linux

Microsoft will be delivering Silverlight Media Codecs for Linux, and Novell will be building a 100% compatible Silverlight runtime implementation called "Moonlight".
Moonlight will run on all Linux distributions, and support FireFox, Konqueror, and Opera browsers. Moonlight will support both the JavaScript programming model available in Silverlight 1.0, as well as the full .NET programming model we will enable in Silverlight 1.1.

Somebody said MS is loosing on Web 2.0 :D. Where is google's answer to Silverlight?
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Thats the benefit & reason MS collaborated with Novell... by which some Lingeeks thought that Novell sold there soul to MS.

Think about it, you make your web based content, application in .net & VS 2008, Expression blend & it runs on any OS. Isn't that gr8.


Hmm! compared to flash, the runtime is small! Wonder when adobe would listen and make softwares lighter.


The Mighty Unkel!!!
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entrana said:
i cant really understand what silverlight is
could anyone help me please?
Microsoft Silverlight (code-named Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere or WPF/E) is a proprietary runtime for browser-based Rich Internet Applications, providing a subset of the animation, vector graphics, and video playback capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation. Version 1.1 also includes a complete version of the .NET Common Language Runtime, named CoreCLR, so that Silverlight applications can be written in any .NET language.

Silverlight aims to compete with Adobe Flash and the presentation components of Ajax. It also competes with Sun Microsystems' JavaFX, which was launched a few days after Silverlight. The first Community Technology Preview of Silverlight was released in December 2006. Microsoft aims to have a final release by mid-2007. An unattributed report claimed that Microsoft aims to release certain parts of Silverlight source code as open source software, but Sam Ramji, director of platform technology strategy at Microsoft, said the company has no plans to do so. However, portions of the Dynamic Language Runtime, included with Silverlight, have been made available on Microsoft's CodePlex website using the Microsoft Permissive License.



Gonna make it BiG
now whats the name of the site.. umm.. something like tarit.. or something... can anyone gimme the link... :$


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adobe flash also seems improving day by day!.. using flash plugin(Shockwave Flash 9.0 r60) Beta for linux from http://labs.adobe.com now it supports native gtk.

novell brought moonlight :rolleyes: wait!whether silverlight is a success or NOT!


@gx, i already downloaded silverlight on the 23rd of August (can't remember the site). So how come it's released on the 5th of Sept?

Edit: K it was tafiti, thnx @dd_wingrider for the reminder.
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praka123 said:
adobe flash also seems improving day by day!.. using flash plugin(Shockwave Flash 9.0 r60) Beta for linux from http://labs.adobe.com now it supports native gtk.

novell brought moonlight :rolleyes: wait!whether silverlight is a success or NOT!
hows the performance prakash? coz adobe site mentions this as the minimum requirements:

2.0 GHz Pentium-class processor or better
512MB of RAM
32MB video RAM

i hope silver/moonlight is less stressful on the system than this!


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infra_red_dude said:
hows the performance prakash? coz adobe site mentions this as the minimum requirements:

i hope silver/moonlight is less stressful on the system than this!
It "works" performance it is nice-saying about flash9 beta.now u can have the native look.options for h/w acceleration,webcam etc & more(right clik to see)..i am satisfied OK than earlier version which hangs on my epiphany browser.

am yet to try noonlight :eek:
edit:my system is just a prescott 2.8ghz.256MB ram and a xfx 7300gt gfx card.simbil!


Cyborg Agent
but I am still happy, MS should have released it for IE 64 bit too as it would may have brought a little life to the 64 bit counterpart of the world's most used browser.

And it even doesn't supports Opera and it sucks for me as I am simply fixed to it
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