Lighting Up The Web: Microsoft Releases Silverlight 1.0 –Wow!

Posted on September 5, 2007. Filed under: Blogroll, Links, Quotations, Raves, Technology, Uncategorized, Video |

Microsoft launched Silverlight 1.0 on September 4, 2007.  

Adobe’s Flash just got some really needed competition!

 What is Silverlight? 

Microsoft Releases Silverlight, Pairs With Novell

By Chloe Albanesius

“…Silverlight is largely regarded as Microsoft’s version of Flash. Microsoft announced plans for Silverlight in May at the MIX conference in Las Vegas, released a beta version in July and started shipping Silverlight 1.0 for Windows and Macs this week.

Silverlight will allow users to play media content from any web-server and has the option to support built-in media streaming, Scott Guthrie, a general manager in Microsoft’s developer division, said in a blog post. It will also allow for rich UI and animations and supports a JavaScript programming model, he said. …”,1895,2179652,00.asp

Microsoft Silverlight: New Competition For Flash


“…In April, 2007, when Microsoft(MSFT) announced Silverlight, the press and bloggers immediately tagged it an “Adobe(ADBE) Flash killer.” But as Silverlight 1.0 moves toward commercial release, that’s not the image the company wants for the newest member programming tools family.

At least that’s the message from Jesse Liberty, whose title is, according to his business card, Silverlight Geek, “I see Silverlight in terms of .NET,” he said. “Silverlight, in a nutshell, is a cross-platform, cross-browser, rich Internet application development tool. …”

From Scott Guthrie 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. …”

 Microsoft Silverlight

Introducing Microsoft Silverlight

What is Silverlight, really?

Microsoft takes Silverlight beyond Windows

 Silverlight: The Web Just Got Richer

Why Silverlight? 

Microsoft takes Silverlight beyond Windows

 Download Silverlight:

Related background videos, podcasts, and online articles:

Scott Guthrie: Enter Silverlight 1.0 (And it now runs on all Linux distros)

Scott Guthrie: Silverlight and the Cross-Platform CLR 

Conversation with Dr. Sneath: Silverlight

The .NET Show: Silverlight

Jim Thill and James Clarke: Understanding Expression Encoder

James Clarke: Creating Silverlight Media with Expression Media Encoder

MIX07: John Lam and the Dynamic Language Runtime

Silverlight official introduction

Microsoft Silverlight

Expression – Part One: The Overview

Expression – Part Three: Blend

Microsoft’s latest spin on Web apps

Microsoft Silverlight Download:

Microsoft Expression Studio–Better Designer Tools for Better End-User Experiences:

Podcasts: Rocks!

Show #258 | 7/26/2007 (68 minutes)Shawn Wildermuth on Silverlight

Show #233 | 5/1/2007 (71 minutes)
Brad Abrams Announces Silverlight

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