Silverlight 2 Now Available


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At the recent TechEd in Sydney Craig Harrowfield and I gave a presentation on enhancing the user interface (UI) and experience (UX) of SharePoint by using Microsoft’s Silverlight 2.0 technology.  During the demonstration we focussed on Silverlight 2 Beta 2. 

Yesterday Microsoft announced the long awaited availability of Silverlight 2 to all consumers Worldwide.  Many of my customers and partners already take advantage of Silverlight’s benefits to deliver truly amazing and differentiated Web experiences for their customers – ranging from HD video, unparalleled animation and interactivity via Deep Zoom, and the programming possibilities using the power of .NET technology in Silverlight, including rich integration potential with SharePoint.  In addition, many customers and partners are taking advantage of our world class and cost-effective video streaming (http://silverlight.live.com/), application delivery, and developer and designer tools to create great user experiences on Silverlight.  We are also enabling third party tools and servers to provide the same services for Silverlight.  

“During the 17 days of the recent 2008 Beijing Olympics, NBC delivered a Web experience powered by Silverlight resulting in more than 50 million unique visitors, 1.3 billion page views, 70 million video streams, and 600 million minutes of video watched. More importantly, it increased the average session time on the site from 3 minutes to 27 minutes, helping NBCOlympics break almost every other digital/Web record out there! Silverlight offers you the same opportunity to tell the unique story of your product to customers, to connect with them, to provide value to them, to differentiate yourself from the rest.”, S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Device Management

We are seeing unprecedented momentum as well. Several high-profile customers like CBS College Sports, Hard Rock International, Blockbuster, AOL, Toyota, and Home Shopping Network have built next generation experiences using Silverlight.

Hard Rock Cafe memorabilia site using Silverlight DeepZoom technologyWindows Home Server home page using Silverlight

For more information on Silverlight or to download Silverlight 2 visit http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight.

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