Microsoft Releases Second version of Flash Rival Silverlight

In its attempt to take on Adobe’s Flash technology, Microsoft has come up with the next version of its Silverlight 2 media player.

Unlike the previous versions of Silverlight, in which developers were restricted to enter code in Java script, Silverlight 2 offers support for .Net, IronRuby, IronPython and C# programming languages.

Microsoft jazzed up its new version of Silverlight with enhanced zooming feature, digital rights management tool, and better cross-platform support; furthermore, the company also declared new partners including CBS College Sports, AOL, Yahoo Japan, Blockbuster, and Toyota.

In addition to Silverlight 2 release, Microsoft has introduced a new tooling support for the software, which is compatible with Visual Studio Web Developer Express, Visual Studio 2008, and Expression Blend.

The software behemoth also purported that the Silverlight powered NBCOlympics.com managed to attract a whopping 50 million visitors during Olympics, bolstering Silverlight’s market share in US by 30 percent.

In order to make Silverlight more apt for the open source community, Microsoft is offering developers the Silverlight Control Pack (SCP) and has announced the technical details for the Silverlight XAML dictionary.