Back in April, Redmond software program large Microsoft introduced it might be taking up Adobe’s market-dominated Flash know-how with Silverlight, a brand new interactive platform for delivering “wealthy media experiences” throughout browsers and platforms. At present, Microsoft released version 1.0 of its Silverlight browser plug-in , and has introduced it is going to be working with Novell to supply help for Linux.
“Our expectations for compelling, immersive experiences on the Internet are rising every day,” mentioned Microsoft’s chief software program architect Ray Ozzie, in a press release. “With at this time’s launch of Silverlight 1.zero, we’re making it attainable for builders and designers to ship to people the sort of high-def experiences they crave by integrating information and providers in wealthy and distinctive methods.”
Silverlight builds on applied sciences Microsoft developed for its streaming audio and video providers,and is designed to let builders construct interactive content material utilizing quite a lot of applied sciences obtainable by way of Microsoft’s .NET platform, together with C#, VB, Python, Ruby, and AJAX. To showcase Silverlight, Microsoft has (after all) evangelized the know-how to main content material and growth companions, with the consequence that comparatively high-profile manufacturers like Residence Buying Community, Leisure Tonight, and World Wrestling Leisure are already “showcasing” new Silverlight pushed on-line options. Microsoft says greater than 35 firms have already signed on to help Silverlight, together with main content material supply networks like Akamai, Level3, Limelight, and Internap, design companies (lke the Microsoft-owned Avenue A/Razorfish).
Silverlight’s Linux help will probably be known as Moonlight, and will probably be primarily based on work already began at Novell’s mono-project.com. No availability estimates or necessities for the Linux model of Silverlight have been launched, but it surely appears logical to imagine the precedence will probably be on supporting Novell’s SUSE Linux.
Microsoft’s Silverlight plug-in helps Firefox 1.5 and a couple of.zero, together with Web Explorer 7 on Home windows Vista and XP, and Web Explorer 6 on Home windows XP and Home windows Server 2003; Microsoft says it plans to increase Silverlight help again to Home windows 2000 “quickly” with Silverlight 1.1. On the Mac, Silverlight requires Mac OS X 10.four.eight or newer and operates in Firefox or Safari.