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Microsoft Rolls Out Silverlight 4 With Support For Google Chrome

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.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.