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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 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.