Can you see the light ?

All good “code-names” have to come to an end – and so…   

Goodbye to WPF/E – and hello to 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. Silverlight integrates with existing Web applications.

Silverlight media capabilities include fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality audio and video to all major browsers including Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer running on the Mac or on Windows.

By using Expression Studio and Visual Studio, designers and developers can collaborate more effectively using the skills they have today to light up the Web of tomorrow.

The name “WPF/E” is simply Windows Presentation Foundation “Everywhere” – a mobile version of the vector-based graphics sub-system that has been wow-ing everyone in Windows Vista – and other recent “flash’y” application.

That pun was intentional – as this new initiative (Silverlight) is Microsoft’s attempt at the Adobe Flash player product.  Allowing for animations, and graphically rich interfaces – within a web-browser.  I’m sure you can guess at the scope or magnitude of this – with the hand-hand & mobile phone market taking off – and the iPhone, and so on.

Soon – there will be a Silverlight player in every wristwatch & microwave across the world.  OK – maybe not soon, but this will be an interesting one to watch.

JavaScript – and XAML – that’s basically all there is to it.   Some very complex JavaScript – and “graphic-design” oriented XML used to create XAML (layers, angles, frames, etc) – relatively simple technologies at the core, with some outstanding – and surprising results.

Read more about the re-badged Silverlight product here :

MSDN Silverlight Dev Center

Silverlight Downloads – samples, demos, SDKs, Tools, etc.

Light Up The Web (video)



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