Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Silverlight released and Moonlight is on the way!

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday officially released version 1.0 of its Silverlight rich media player. Silverlight is a cross platform, cross browser plug-in that enables designers and developers to build rich media experiences and .NET based RIAs for the web. Microsoft also announced several high-profile partners that will deliver video and Web content via Silverlight, including the Home Shopping Network, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the TV show Entertainment Tonight.
Silverlight is also now deployed on several Microsoft sites, including the Halo 3 preview site (Or the awesome HD version), Tafiti.com, MSN Extra, and MSN Podium '08. You'll also see Silverlight used prominently in several upcoming MSN and Microsoft.com sites.

Microsoft also said it will work with Novell Inc. on the Linux version of Silverlight, to be called Moonlight. Microsoft will build the video codecs for the Moonlight project and supply Novell with software to test and ensure Silverlight runs well on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs running Suse Linux, Red Hat and Ubuntu. Moonlight is expected to be ready within six months. For further information on MoonLight, keep an eye on Miguel de Icaza's blog

Not to be left behind, the main competitor, Adobe is releasing Moviestar, an upgrade to Flash that supports better quality video than today.

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