Microsoft Launches Flash Competitor “Silverlight”

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft unveiled today Silverlight, a cross-platform, cross-browser plug-in for displaying rich interactive media, vector graphics and DVD-quality video over the web. The Silverlight technology directly competes with Adobe’s Flash as it could be used to create rich internet applications (RIA) and online games and could be used to stream video over the web.

Silverlight’s interface is scripted using XAML, a language developed by Microsoft, and will support JavaScript and other languages as well. Silverlight will feature support for Digital Rights Management (DRM) for controlling the distribution of media and Microsoft claims that it will be easier to index by search engines than Flash.

The beta version of Silverlight will be released by the end of this month at the MIX07 conference, a community technology preview of the tool could be downloaded at this page along with the SDK.

An extensive list of the most significant features of Silverlight could be found over at the blog of Microsoft’s Tim Sneath. The official website of Silverlight can be found here.

  • http://arabgn.net Mohammed Al-Asmar

    I think no one will take Flash throne, because Flash almost perfect there is no need for a clone under Microsoft name … but the support from Microsoft will be better for example next service back of Vista should contain the plug-in without downloading like the Flash Player

  • http://arabgn.net Mohammed Al-Asmar

    I think no one will take Flash throne, because Flash almost perfect there is no need for a clone under Microsoft name … but the support from Microsoft will be better for example next service back of Vista should contain the plug-in without downloading like the Flash Player

  • http://arabgn.net Mohammed Al-Asmar

    Something weird , go to http://www.silverlight.com and apple website will come !!!

  • http://arabgn.net Mohammed Al-Asmar

    Something weird , go to http://www.silverlight.com and apple website will come !!!

  • http://www.blue-chi.com/ Blue_Chi

    It looks like the Silverlight.com domain name is owned by an apple fan and he decided to make it redirect to Apple’s website. Funny thing MS can’t do anything about it.

  • Blue Chi

    It looks like the Silverlight.com domain name is owned by an apple fan and he decided to make it redirect to Apple’s website. Funny thing MS can’t do anything about it.

  • http://arabgn.net Mohammed Al-Asmar

    Yeah BlueChi its looks like that specially that the creation date of the domain was in 1996 :p

    Anyway i spent the last 2 hours reading the official website and the blog mentioned here and ‘on10′ network and it seems that silverlight will be a copy of flash in other template and interface and using xaml instead of action script nothing new only High-Def videos support which i think will be supported on the next versions of flash

  • http://arabgn.net Mohammed Al-Asmar

    Yeah BlueChi its looks like that specially that the creation date of the domain was in 1996 :p

    Anyway i spent the last 2 hours reading the official website and the blog mentioned here and ‘on10′ network and it seems that silverlight will be a copy of flash in other template and interface and using xaml instead of action script nothing new only High-Def videos support which i think will be supported on the next versions of flash

  • http://www.blue-chi.com/ Blue_Chi

    It will be really interesting to see how Silverlight does when it comes out. It will be very hard for it to compete with Flash that is very widely distributed on computers AND mobile phones now as well. MS is going to push SL by preinstalling it on IE7 on Windows Vista.

  • Blue Chi

    It will be really interesting to see how Silverlight does when it comes out. It will be very hard for it to compete with Flash that is very widely distributed on computers AND mobile phones now as well. MS is going to push SL by preinstalling it on IE7 on Windows Vista.

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