Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform (Mac OS, Windows and Linux) and cross-device browser plug-in that helps companies design, develop and deliver applications and experiences on the Web. Installed as a free browser plug-in approximately 4MB in size, in less than 10 seconds, Silverlight enables a new class of rich, safe, secure and scalable cross-platform experiences.
Silverlight harnesses the power of .NET and includes over 100 controls, rich layout and styling, a powerful networking stack, data access, support for HD video, and much, much more.
Silverlight installation is fast and effortless for customers on both Mac OS, Linux and Windows platforms today.
Silverlight includes major media enhancements such as out of browser support allowing your web application to work on the desktop for the first time; major graphics improvements including 3D graphics support and GPU acceleration; H.264 video support; and, many features to improve RIA development productivity. Also, in order to fully integrate all the .NET developer tools, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Web Developer Express will support a fully editable and interactive designer for Silverlight.
Microsoft's alternative to Microsoft Flash enables developers to create dynamic applications that run on multiple computers, irrespective of operating system