Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) witnessed the announcement of the availability of Silverlight 4 by the software giant. With the intention of taking on AJAX and Adobe Systems' Flash, the new version of Silverlight will look to simplify the development and consumption of rich-media content.
Silverlight is a web application platform, developed by Microsoft, which integrates multimedia, graphics, animations and interactivity into a single runtime environment. It is compatible with multiple web browser products used on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
The company said that most of the main features of the new version of Silverlight were the direct result of feedback from developers. The main features include the ability to print from Silverlight, to access rich text and the PC's clipboard and it also offers support for drag and drop, bi-directional and RTL text.
The new iteration of Silverlight will also be compatible with Google Chrome web browser and it will run on both Mac and Windows operated PCs.
It is interesting to note that as a token of appreciation, Microsoft has distributed free Acer Aspire 1420P Convertible Tablet PCs to the PDC attendees, for the support shown by developers at the time of Windows 7 release.