When you visit the Microsoft website to view tutorials and help videos for the company's software, Silverlight powers the footage display. You'll find the technology in use on other sites connected with Microsoft and its products. Silverlight provides support for streaming media, including high-definition video playback that downshifts to lower-bandwidth formats when it senses a slow connection. Silverlight-powered sites can offer 3-D visuals and zoomable graphics that give the viewer the illusion of traveling through scenes and settings. The framework runs on a browser plugin installed under Windows, OS X and Linux, along with some mobile devices. Silverlight powered NBC's streaming presentations of events from several Olympic Games and has provided support for Netflix's in-browser playback.
Along with streaming and interactive experiences, Microsoft designed Silverlight to provide the basis for creating Web applications and other developer technologies. Microsoft's Visual Studio and Expression Studio use Silverlight to power rapid application development of online and desktop installations that use .NET code. Sketchflow promotes quick prototyping with animation features. The Silverlight plugin provides the subset of .NET code necessary to run on client computers. The move away from proprietary multimedia experiences and toward HTML5, however, means that Silverlight appears to face an uncertain future.
Successors to Silverlight
- Cnet: What Is Silverlight, Really?
- Cnet: Flash, HTML, Ajax: Which Will Win the Web App War?
- Cnet: Microsoft Silverlight
- TechCrunch: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's Silverlight 3
- Webucator: What Is Silverlight?
- ASP Free: What Is Microsoft Silverlight?
- CodeProject: Silverlight for Dummies -- Why Silverlight?
- Microsoft Silverlight: About Silverlight
- Microsoft Silverlight: Get Silverlight 5
- W3Techs: Usage of Client-Side Programming Languages for Websites
- Computerworld: Netflix to Dump Silverlight, Microsoft's Stalled Technology
- The Register: Microsoft Silverlight: 10 Reasons to Love It, 10 Reasons to Hate It
- MSDN: Silverlight Developer Center
- Microsoft Office: Microsoft Silverlight for Office: Operating System and Browser Compatibilty
- Microsoft Office: How Office 2010 Uses Microsoft Silverlight
- ZDNet: Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Its Silverlight.Net Site
- Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center: Vulnerability in Microsoft Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS13-022)
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