Microsoft Puts Out New Version of Silverlight

By: Chris Crum - July 15, 2009

Microsoft has launched Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 today. Silverlight is a browser plug-in that enables companies to design, develop, and deliver web apps. Expression is a set of design tools and technologies.

The new Silverlight release in particular is big news. Over 1/3 of Internet devices have installed version 2 since its launch less than nine months ago.

Microsoft also announced that MGM and NBC Sports are using Silverlight for different forthcoming video efforts.

"NBC Sports has evaluated many different technologies for delivering high-quality experiences online, and none have delivered the video quality, scalability and business value that Microsoft Silverlight has consistently brought," said erkins Miller, senior vice president of Digital Media at NBC Sports. "As we look forward to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver as well as other major championships in 2010, we will be using Silverlight as the preferred technology to deliver the best in next-generation online high-definition video experiences."

Silverlight and Expression 3

Microsoft says it has over 300 partners in 30 countries helping customers design and develop with Silverlight and Expression. These include leading content delivery networks, solution providers, and independent software vendors.

"Silverlight and Expression fill a clear need in the marketplace for a complete end-to-end solution that makes it easy for development teams to work together effectively, from concept to deployment, to create the types of rich interactive experiences today’s users expect," said Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .NET Developer Platform at Microsoft.

Silverlight and Expression 3

New features with these releases of Silverlight and Expression include: 

Expression SketchFlow. Available to customers just four months after its initial debut at MIX09, SketchFlow provides development teams unrivaled capabilities to rapidly prototype applications and take their ideas from concept to reality.

Out of Browser. Silverlight 3 provides the seamless ability to add out-of-browser, connected and disconnected scenarios for cross-platform applications, radically improving the productivity and capabilities over traditional RIAs.

IIS Smooth Streaming. As part of Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) Media Services and combined with Silverlight 3, IIS Smooth Streaming enables the industry’s first HDTV-quality (1080p) video experiences with rich interactivity for both on-demand and live video.

Silverlight 3 can be downloaded immediately. If you already use Silverlight, you should be automatcially upgraded. Expression 3 should be available in the next 30 days.

Chris Crum

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  • Guest

    Dream on holyhttp. You have no idea what you are talking about. Silverlight is compatable with Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Silverlight out performs Flash in nearly all bench tests. Silverlight is easier to use and is far more powerful in creating super rich applications. Rather than an additional programming language and syntax to learn and deal with duringi development (Action Script) Programmers of Silverlight can use .NET languages like C# that they are already familiar with and or are compatable and transferable to other types of programing. Your comments echo the thoughts of people talking about the early versions of Internet Explorer – but guess what? IE is the most highly used browser. Silverlight will lay Flash to rest.

  • Mike Burke

    How can Silverlight be adapted to utilize chips that are not able to to use the SSE architechture? Certainly all newer chips use it but what about people who use older chips? I have an AMD Athlon that Silverlight won’t install with. Just because newer stuff is available, doesn’t always mean that everyone is using it. What is being done about this if anything?

  • Rumah Dijual

    I’m one of Expression Web user. I’m anxious for learning the new version of the program, what new features it offers.

  • faiz

    where i can download microsoft silverlight?

  • Tag44

    I need some more information on this New Microsoft Silverlight and Expression, as still i am not clear with this psot.