Silverlight, Rainbow Bright
Even though it may sound like it, Silverlight is not a 1980s cartoon series but in fact a new website browser plugin from Microsoft.
Silver light is in direct competition with Adobe Flash. Like Flash, Silverlight is used to add animation and interactivity to web pages using its own vector graphics engine. It can also be used to integrate video into web pages and to develop rich Internet applications. A Key feature is that it supports playback of WMV, WMA, and MP3 media content across all supported browsers without requiring Windows Media Player, the Windows Media Player ActiveX control, or Windows Media browser plugins.
One advantage Silverlight claims over Flash is that Text content within it is more searchable and indexable than that created with Flash as it is not compiled, but represented as text (XAML).
Both Silverlight or Flash technologies require a plug-in to allow, and once installed, both are invisible to the user. Although that said, you have to embed flash a special way to avoid the “click to activate this plugin” message. I presume that in the future version of Microsoft Internet Explorer that it will come with Silverlight pre-installed, and while IE is the dominate browser this could be a advantage over Flash.
Could this be a real threat to Flash and Adobe and End their dominance in this field? We will have to wait and see, I think it is best put like this:
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”