On Sunday at the NAB2007, Microsoft made public the release of Silverlight (formerly known as WPF/E) a new cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIA's) for the Web.
Silverlight is a lightweight subset of XAML, made to build rich media experiences on the web. It supports playback of WMV natively in Windows and Mac, supporting up to 720p on full screen and with options of interactivity during playback.
Another cool feature is that Silverlight introduces a new video brush, allowing you to use video as a texture for any 2D object.
The release have been widely covered across the web, and I have gathered some interesting ones following, so bare with me and enjoy!
- Microsoft Silverlight Official Site here.
- Tina Wood has a video on Channel 10 hosting a demo from the NAB, showing up HD Video delivery both in Mac and PC, go check it out here.
- Tim Sneath has got a post where he goes around his top ten reasons on why you should use Silverlight, I encourage you to go read it here.
- Microsoft's Official Press Pass here. and official press material here.
Looking forward to the weeks to come, during MIX07 there will be wide coverage of Silverlight and some other surprises Microsoft have under its sleeve: Expression Media will be enhanced with Expression Media Encoder later this year, and Tim Sneath recently posted an entry on his blog about it, here; also there will be announcements of a new breed of applications that will be shown across the event's week in May. Lucky you, Mixers!.
P.S. One more thing, bullet # 8 from Tim Sneath's post states: Silverlight is both client- and server-agnostic. There's no difference between the Macintosh and PC runtimes; you don't need any Microsoft software on the server if you don't want to - you can deliver a great Silverlight experience from an Apache / Linux server to a Mac OS 10.4 client. Kind of cool, eh?