Microsoft - Silverlight

Silverlight is a Microsoft plug-in which provides support for Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Silverlight enables graphical and animation displays with multimedia and interactivity built in. This is comparable to the functionality provided by Flash. Similarly to java, Silverlight runs within a sandbox to cater for security. The programming model is extremely flexible supporting multiple languages including VB, C#, Python, and Ruby. Silverlight integrates with existing AJAX style Web applications.


The Silverlight plug-in uses Extensible Application Mark-up Language (XAML) to render user interfaces within a browser. Silverlight can run on Explorer 6+, Firefox 1.5+ & 2 and Safari 2 on the latest Windows (XP, Server 2003 and Vista) and Mac OS X platforms. The plug-in is capable of playing different media formats (VC-1, WMA and MP3). The plug-in does not require the .NET Framework or Windows Media Player to be present on the client.


Microsoft – Silverlight


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  1. Ian Griffiths in his recent talk to the BCS SPA specialist group pointed out that Silverlight is in fact a small subset of the complete Windows Presentation Framework, which underlies Vista. It’s an important departure for Microsoft because for the first time, they are supporting non-Windows operating systems with part of the .NET framework. I’m still awaiting Ian’s OK on my notes of his talk and a copy of his slides – then I’ll be able to supply a link to them on the BCS SPA web site (

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