Microsoft has done it again. The latest offering from the software giant is the third installment of its innovative software for multimedia purposes. Known as Silverlight3, this software is mainly for Windows and Mac OS X.
Also, the word is hot around the market that Microsoft’s Silverlight 3 will turn out to be a tough contender for adobe’s ‘Flash,’ popular multimedia application software.
On July 10, 2009 Microsoft officially introduced Silverlight 3 to its users and the rest of the technology market. According to some reports the software would be a “cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering media experiences.”
The software is bound to be a boon for software programmers and multimedia workers. It will enable them to insert animations, audio and video components as well as ‘vector graphics’ within ‘web pages.’
Microsoft’s Silverlight3 poses a challenge to Adobe’s ‘AIR’ and ‘Flex’ software as well.
The first version of Silverlight wasÂ launched in the year 2007 and the next version was launched in the following year. Between 2007 and 2009, reportedly around ‘300 million downloads’ of the software was recorded by the company.
So, what are the special features that will segregate Silverlight 3 from its earlier versions and other software programs? Microsoft has provided a peek into the advanced attributes Silverlight 3 will be endowed with.
To start with, the software will provide ‘smooth streaming’ facility to its users. According to the company, the software’s advanced ‘streaming technique’ will enhance the output of browser ‘video streaming.’
People getting a high band width are likely to receive High Definition playback for video files. However, if the users have a lower bandwidth then the software is equipped to work out that.
Silverlight 3 will be amply equipped to assess the bandwidth and CPU in the computer and its network. Likewise, it will decide where and how video content will be streamed. Also, this will reduce the buffering time.
Securing content will be yet another salient feature of Silverlight 3. Content owners will be enabled to check and guard content from getting circulated.
The web-based developers will have a gala time handling the software. That’s because Silverlight 3 will provide them the opportunity to create applications to be ‘viewed’ in ‘the browser and desktop.’
Other than this, Silverlight 3 will be able to support several other rich media applications.