Microsoft Delivers Silverlight 2
Microsoft announces the availability of Silverlight 2 with new features including DRM and enhanced advertising support. Microsoft also announces funding for an open-source project to create an Eclipse plug-in for Silverlight.Microsoft has announced the availability of Silverlight 2, along with new support for open-source development with the rich Internet application platform and new claims of ubiquity for Silverlight. Brian Goldfarb, director of developer platforms at Microsoft, called Silverlight one of the most comprehensive solutions for the creation and delivery of applications and media experiences through a Web browser. Goldfarb also said Microsoft is providing further support for open source with Silverlight by funding a project to build an Eclipse plug-in for Silverlight and by providing new controls to developers with the Silverlight Control Pack under the Microsoft Permissive License. The Microsoft Permissive License is an Open Source Initiative approved license.
"We wanted to provide developers with the ability to build Silverlight applications using tools other than Visual Studio," Goldfarb said. Microsoft enables developers to build Silverlight applications with Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Studio 2. The company also has extended support to its free Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition.